|See formation a major ecological community, extending over a large area and usually characterized by a dominant vegetation|
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|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
biome bi·ome (bī'ōm')
The total complex of biotic communities occupying and characterizing a particular area or zone, such as a desert or deciduous forest.
|biome (bī'ōm') Pronunciation Key
A large community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. Terrestrial biomes, typically defined by their climate and dominant vegetation, include grassland, tundra, desert, tropical rainforest, and deciduous and coniferous forests. There are two basic aquatic biomes, freshwater and marine, which are sometimes further broken down into categories such as lakes and rivers or pelagic, benthic, and intertidal zones.