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[bahy-oh-tuh] /baɪˈoʊ tə/
noun, Ecology
the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.
Origin of biota
1900-05; < New Latin < Greek biotḗ life Unabridged
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  • They'll be looking for the tell-tale signs of large-scale biota.
  • It seems to me that a diet so dependent on one food source, maize, must require specific biota to aid in digestion.
  • But the review implies that the fact that the biota-free mice, while still biota-free, did not gain weight is significant.
  • The present biota is probably the terminal one for life on this planet.
British Dictionary definitions for biota


the plant and animal life of a particular region or period
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin, from Greek biotē way of life, from bios life
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Word Origin and History for biota

1901, from Greek biota "life" (see bio-).

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biota in Medicine

biota bi·o·ta (bī-ō'tə)
The flora and fauna of a region.

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biota in Science
The organisms of a specific region or period considered as a group.
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