preclimax

[pree-klahy-maks]

noun Ecology.

a stable community that precedes the full development of the climax community of a given area and that results from local variations in soil and water.

Nearby words

  1. precision,
  2. precision bombing,
  3. precision casting,
  4. precisionism,
  5. precisive,
  6. preclinical,
  7. preclude,
  8. preclusion,
  9. preclusive,
  10. preclusively

Origin of preclimax

First recorded in 1915–20; pre- + climax

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