biomass

noun
bio·​mass | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌmas How to pronounce biomass (audio) \

Definition of biomass

1 : the amount of living matter (as in a unit area or volume of habitat)
2 : plant materials and animal waste used especially as a source of fuel

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An industry colleague of Trostle said hemp biomass production wouldn’t make sense financially if the fiber needs to be transported more than 30 miles. Lynn Brezosky, ExpressNews.com, "Texas farmers ready for catch-up mode in global hemp race," 17 June 2019 The hundreds of dead zones around the world cover a combined 100,000 square miles, and have caused nearly 10 million tons of biomass to either move or die. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, "‘A major punch in the gut’: Midwest rains projected to create Gulf dead zone," 11 June 2019 The hundreds of dead zones around the world cover a combined 100,000 square miles, and have caused nearly 10 million tons of biomass to either move or die. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Midwest rains expected to deliver ‘punch in the gut’ to Gulf," 10 June 2019 The biomass of fish is thought to have decreased by around 100m tonnes during humanity’s tenure. The Economist, "A planetary census puts humans in their place," 24 May 2018 Due in part to their distinctive organization, plants have thrived, colonizing every continent and accounting for at least 80% of the world’s biomass. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Revolutionary Genius of Plants’ Review: Thinking Like a Flower," 4 Jan. 2019 An industry considered sustainable today can seem nefarious tomorrow—just look at biomass. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Biomass Mess Shows Trouble with Sustainable Investing," 7 Mar. 2019 The Partnership for Policy Integrity, a U.S. environmental group, has launched an all-out attack on biomass—energy generated from burning living matter, like sugar cane, wood and waste. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Biomass Mess Shows Trouble with Sustainable Investing," 7 Mar. 2019 The ultimate goal of this project is make more efficient woody biomass. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy," 5 Dec. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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biomass

noun
bio·​mass | \ -ˌmas How to pronounce biomass (audio) \

Medical Definition of biomass

: the amount of living matter (as in a unit area or volume of habitat)

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