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

Examples of biomass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the new research, the scientists used actual observations: decades of remote sensing data from satellites that measure the amount of biomass in specific areas, which corresponds to their health. Henry Fountain, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2022 In the new research, the scientists used actual observations: decades of remote sensing data from satellites that measure the amount of biomass in specific areas, which corresponds to their health. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 The biomass industry says the current rules make sense. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 The northern hemisphere’s cold temperatures prevent dead biomass from breaking down, storing carbon for thousands of years deep in the permafrost. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 The government is also exploring a wind tower on Crow mountain and a biomass plant that would burn the willows that grow across town. Tik Root, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2021 Land use emissions involve particularly large uncertainties, because scientists simply aren’t sure yet about the exact amount of carbon storage that’s lost when forest biomass goes away or healthy soil gets stripped for farming. Gregory Barber, Wired, 29 Mar. 2022 Tree species composition and above-ground biomass recovered after 120 years. Bruno Hérault, The Conversation, 9 Dec. 2021 Mohan's company, Takachar, has developed technology that converts waste biomass into fertilizer. Swati Gupta, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of biomass

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Biomass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biomass. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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