eco·​type ˈē-kə-ˌtīp How to pronounce ecotype (audio)
: a population of a species that survives as a distinct group through environmental selection and isolation and that is comparable with a taxonomic subspecies
ecotypic adjective

Examples of ecotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Glowworm, as is typical of snakes from heavily forested ecotypes, will often remain quiet and motionless until approached within inches and hence cannot be hunted by ear. Thomas Palmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Earlier studies have shown that males and females of the same ecotype copulate for longer than mates of different ecotype. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2011 Transient orcas, the most common ecotype of killer whales in the North Pacific, hunt pinnipeds — marine mammals with flippers, such as sea lions and harbor seals. Vanessa Arredondo, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023 An illustration from the study showing sampling locations and inset photographs illustrating favored prey species, color-coded by ecotype. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 4 June 2016 The whale is a male and a member of the transient orca ecotype. The Seattle Times, oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2020 Sagebrush steppes are a wide-reaching ecotype throughout the Intermountain West, stretching between the Cascades and the Rockies. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ecotype was in 1916

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“Ecotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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