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[bahy-ohm] /ˈbaɪ oʊm/
noun, Ecology
a complex biotic community characterized by distinctive plant and animal species and maintained under the climatic conditions of the region, especially such a community that has developed to climax.
Origin of biome
1915-20; bi-2 + -ome -oma Unabridged
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Examples from the web for biome
  • Not all scientists classify biomes in the same way.
  • The darkest reaches of the ocean have long been thought of as a desolate biome.
  • As vessels around the world drag nets and dredges across the seabed, they slowly destroy the biome.
  • They called their newly-defined areas “anthromes,” short for anthropological biomes.
  • These are core biases of the evolutionistic interpretation of the biome.
  • However, the cerrado needs a second miracle-one of conservation and sustainable use-if any of this unique biome is to survive.
  • Humans have the ability to rapidly transfer from one biome to another.
  • Some species likely had specialized diets and environments, without their food source or special biome, they simply perish.
  • The temperate forest biome is found in areas with four seasons per year, including a distinct winter.
  • Spruces, hemlocks and larches also grow in the biome with all of the conifers producing cones.
British Dictionary definitions for biome


a major ecological community, extending over a large area and usually characterized by a dominant vegetation See formation (sense 6)
Word Origin
C20: from bio- + -ome
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Word Origin and History for biome

1908, from Greek bios (see bio-) + -ome.

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biome in Medicine

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.

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biome in Science
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.
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