biotope

noun

bio·​tope ˈbī-ə-ˌtōp How to pronounce biotope (audio)
: a region uniform in environmental conditions and in its populations of animals and plants for which it is the habitat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Inside the cone, a short film showing how the biotope works is projected on umbrellas given to visitors. Giovanni Prati, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 For the Netherlands, growing vertically with the biotope could also help with a pressing issue -- flooding. Giovanni Prati, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 And a century-plus seclusion from the world outside has turned the park into a fragile biotope with unique plants and animals that need protection. Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2021 The French government has gradually acknowledged its responsibility in disrupting French Polynesia’s biotope and failing to properly dismantle the testing sites. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 24 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

bi- entry 2 + Greek topos place

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biotope was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Biotope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biotope. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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