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[bahy-oh-di-vur-si-tee, ‐dahy‐] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈvɜr sɪ ti, ‐daɪ‐/
diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment.
Origin of biodiversity
1985-90, Americanism Unabridged
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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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also bio-diversity, by 1988, from bio- + diversity.

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biodiversity in Science
The number, variety, and genetic variation of different organisms found within a specified geographic region.
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biodiversity in Culture

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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