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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for biodiversity
  • When it comes to biodiversity, all land is definitely not created equal.
  • Loss of biodiversity translates into economic losses to agriculture, medicine and the biotech industries.
  • Scientists have known about this equatorial bulge of biodiversity for more than a century, yet its explanation remained elusive.
  • Molecular data are nowadays an indispensable source of information to answer research questions in ecology and biodiversity.
  • In some parts of the world, deforestation is only expanding, with dire consequences for biodiversity and the climate.
  • Even if cloning does save some species, the issue of saving biodiversity remains.
  • The weakening of biodiversity, the pollution of rivers, these are local issues that need local attention.
  • If scientists want to study biodiversity they go to the tropics.
  • Vietnam runs at least 30 national parks to protect its biodiversity.
  • We need to properly explore Earth's biodiversity if we are to understand, preserve and manage it.
British Dictionary definitions for biodiversity


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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Word Origin and History for biodiversity

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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