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 More than 600 butterflies will spread their wings at the garden’s indoor Costa Rica biome in early April, Anne Nickoloff reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland ranks 5th in moves to region during pandemic: The Wake Up for Monday, March 22, 2021," 22 Mar. 2021 One will focus on building, another will expand on exploration and combat, a third is focused on ships and finally, an update slated for later this year will aim to complete the Mistlands, an unfinished biome in the game. Washington Post, "As ‘Valheim’ grows, its developer reflects on bugs, updates and the prospect of acquisition," 9 Mar. 2021 Since each reservation's biome differs, StarLife will first help communities articulate their needs and provide an à la carte menu of services to help systemize their environment. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "How Clubhouse is engaging with Native American communities," 6 Mar. 2021 The biome has gone through periods of harsh drought in the past. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The world's largest wetlands are on fire. That's a disaster for all of us," 13 Nov. 2020 Those same processes at work within a single leaf are at play throughout the forest, the biome, and the planet. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, "Can the Amazon Save the Planet?," 3 Apr. 2017 This seasonal flooding makes the Pantanal a unique biome where large swaths of land regularly turn from terrestrial into aquatic habitats and back again. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The world's largest wetlands are on fire. That's a disaster for all of us," 13 Nov. 2020 Arctic Report Card is its annual physical -- a comprehensive check-up on the health of this vast and important biome. Drew Kann, CNN, "The Arctic is getting hotter, greener and less icy much faster than expected, reports finds," 8 Dec. 2020 Compounding such factors is the biome’s biggest drought in five decades: The volume of rainfall between October 2019 and March 2020 was 40 percent less than the average for the six-month period. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, "Volunteers coming to rescue jaguars, other animals injured during Brazil's wildfires," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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31 Mar 2021

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“Biome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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