thanatocoenose

noun
than·​a·​to·​coe·​nose | \ ˌthanətōˈsēˌnōs \
variants: or thanatocoenosis \ -​tōsə̇ˈnōsə̇s \
plural thanatocoenoses\ -​sə̇ˈnōˌsēz \

Definition of thanatocoenose

: an assemblage of organisms or their parts brought together (as by deposition from flowing water) in nature after death

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History and Etymology for thanatocoenose

New Latin thanatocoenosis, from thanat- + Greek koinōsis sharing

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“Thanatocoenose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thanatocoenose. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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