subclimax

noun
sub·cli·max | \ ˌsəb-ˈklī-ˌmaks \

Definition of subclimax 

: 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

First Known Use of subclimax

1916, in the meaning defined above

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