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[bahy-oh-jee-og-ruh-fee] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dʒiˈɒg rə fi/
noun, Ecology.
the study of the geographical distribution of living things.
Origin of biogeography
1890-95; bio- + geography
Related forms
biogeographer, noun
[bahy-oh-jee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdʒi əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
biogeographical, adjective
biogeographically, adverb Unabridged
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the branch of biology concerned with the geographical distribution of plants and animals
Derived Forms
biogeographical (ˌbaɪəʊˌdʒɪəˈɡræfɪkəl) adjective
biogeographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biogeography

also bio-geography, 1892, from bio- + geography. Related: Biogeographical.

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biogeography in Science
The scientific study of the geographic distribution of plant and animal life. Factors affecting distribution include the geologic history of a region, its climate and soil composition, and the presence or absence of natural barriers like deserts, oceans, and mountains. Biotic factors such as interactions among competing species, coevolutionary influences, and the reproductive and nutritional requirements of populations and species are also studied. ◇ A biogeographic region is a large, generally continuous division of the Earth's surface having a distinctive biotic community. Biogeographic regions are usually defined separately for floral and faunal communities and are largely restricted to the terrestrial areas of the Earth.
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