bio-diversity

biodiversity

[bahy-oh-di-vur-si-tee, ‐dahy‐]
noun
diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment.

Origin:
1985–90, Americanism

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biodiversity (ˌbaɪəʊdaɪˈvɜːsɪtɪ)
 
n
the existence of a wide variety of plant and animal species in their natural environments, which is the aim of conservationists concerned about the indiscriminate destruction of rainforests and other habitats

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biodiversity
by 1988, from bio- + diversity.
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biodiversity   (bī'ō-dĭ-vûr'sĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
The number, variety, and genetic variation of different organisms found within a specified geographic region.
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biodiversity definition


A term that describes the number of different species that live within a particular ecosystem.

Note: The preservation of biodiversity is considered by environmentalists to be a major goal of environmental policy.
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