bi·​ome | \ ˈbī-ˌōm How to pronounce biome (audio) \

Definition of biome

: a major ecological community type (such as tropical rain forest, grassland, or desert)

Examples of biome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the disconnect from nature inherent to the creation of such artificial pleasure biomes can also unsettle. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "On Roofs or in Basements, a New Way to Ice Skate," 1 Feb. 2020 As the group started to focus in an intense way on ecology and sustainable biomes, Bass funded something that might only pay off during the colonization of other planets: Biosphere 2. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Spaceship Earth': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 Mathew says a donor body would need to be genetically compatible and gut-biome compatible, both of which are difficult and risky. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Head Transplants Could Definitely Maybe Happen Next Decade," 24 Dec. 2019 More destroy soil structure in the name of gardening by rototilling, irrevocably alter natural habitats by planting invasive plants and greatly change local and even regional biomes in the process. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The autumn leaves drift past your window. Now leave them alone.," 3 Oct. 2019 Each of the four planets — Pandora, Promethea, Athenas and Eden-6 — has its own biome and theme. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: Brilliant ‘Borderlands 3’ more than worth the wait," 20 Sep. 2019 This biome is home to a range of flora and fauna, which add to its resilience against natural disasters such as droughts or wildfires. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Grassland threats, explained," 22 Aug. 2019 The machair, James explained, is a unique biome created by the prevailing westerly winds and storms that race across the North Atlantic and find landfall in the Western Isles. Adrian Higgins,, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 Heavy equipment use on fragile desert landscapes threatens to escalate erosion, encourage flammable invasive species, and destroy biomes already compromised by climate change, scientists say. Jennifer Oldham, National Geographic, "Forests on Utah’s public lands may soon be torn out. Here’s why.," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of biome

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biome

bi- entry 2 + -ome

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The first known use of biome was in 1916

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7 Feb 2020

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“Biome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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bi·​ome | \ ˈbī-ˌōm How to pronounce biome (audio) \

Kids Definition of biome

: a major type of community of distinctive plants and animals living together in a particular climate and physical environment

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