: a sophisticated, widely traveled person : a cosmopolitan person
"… he is a polished gentleman, a citizen of the world—yes, a true cosmopolite…"—Nathaniel Hawthorne
: an organism found in most parts of the world and under varied ecological conditions : a cosmopolitan organism
A few of these kinds of oysters had and have a wide distribution around the world. One such cosmopolite is the tropical P. hyotis, as far-flung in habitat as coral reefs and usually found in conjunction with them, in the Indian Ocean, the south Pacific, the Caribbean, the west coast of Africa, etc.—Eleanor Clark
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