Gaia

noun \ ˈgī-ə \

Definition of Gaia

:the hypothesis that the living and nonliving components of earth function as a single system in such a way that the living component regulates and maintains conditions (such as the temperature of the ocean or composition of the atmosphere) so as to be suitable for life; also :this system regarded as a single organism

Origin and Etymology of gaia

after Greek Gaîa, a primordial earth goddess in Greek myth, literally, "earth" — more at geo-


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