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preclimax

[ pree-klahy-maks ]

noun

, Ecology.
  1. 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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of preclimax1

First recorded in 1915–20; pre- + climax

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