sub·​cli·​max ˌsəb-ˈklī-ˌmaks How to pronounce subclimax (audio)
: a stage or community in an ecological succession immediately preceding a climax
especially : one held in relative stability throughout by edaphic or biotic influences or by fire

Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subclimax was in 1916

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“Subclimax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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