preclimax

noun pre·climax \ "+ \

Definition of preclimax

:a relatively stable ecological community requiring a lesser amount of available moisture than that generally available to the climax and occurring typically where local soil conditions partially nullify a generally adequate precipitation
  • a grassland preclimax within a forest climax
— compare postclimax

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Origin and Etymology of preclimax

pre- + climax


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