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biodiversity

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noun bio·di·ver·si·ty \-də-ˈvər-sə-tē, -dī-\

Simple Definition of biodiversity

  • : the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of biodiversity

  1. :  biological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals

biodiverse

play \-dī-ˈvərs, -də-\ adjective

Did You Know?

Biodiversity may become the rallying call for the next decade, wrote David Wake in the journal Science in 1989. Indeed, biodiversity is a word you're likely to encounter in writing about ecology and the environment today. But when Wake used it, "biodiversity" was still a relatively new addition to the English language, having first appeared in writing in the mid-1980s. Of course, the roots of biodiversity are much older. It evolved from a commingling of the descendants of the Greek noun bios, which means "mode of life," and the Latin verb divertere, which means "to turn aside" or "to go different ways."

1985

First Known Use of biodiversity

1985


BIODIVERSITY Defined for Kids

biodiversity

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noun bio·di·ver·si·ty \ˌbī-ō-də-ˈvər-sə-tē, -dī-\

Definition of biodiversity for Students

  1. :  the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment




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