[ kwod-ruh t ]
/ ˈkwɒd rət /


Printing. quad2(def 1).
Ecology. a square or rectangular plot of land marked off for the study of plants and animals.

Origin of quadrat

First recorded in 1675–85; variant of quadrate
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British Dictionary definitions for quadrat

/ (ˈkwɒdrət) /


ecology an area of vegetation, often one square metre, marked out for study of the plants in the surrounding area
the frame used to mark out such an area

Word Origin for quadrat

C14 (meaning "a square"): variant of quadrate
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