|—n , pl -ties|
|1.||a. the people living in one locality|
|b. the locality in which they live|
|c. (as modifier): community spirit|
|2.||a group of people having cultural, religious, ethnic, or other characteristics in common: the Protestant community|
|3.||a group of nations having certain interests in common|
|4.||the public in general; society|
|5.||common ownership or participation|
|6.||similarity or agreement: community of interests|
|7.||(in Wales since 1974 and Scotland since 1975) the smallest unit of local government; a subdivision of a district|
|8.||ecology a group of interdependent plants and animals inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other through food and other relationships|
|[C14: from Latin commūnitās, from commūnis|
|community (kə-my'nĭ-tē) Pronunciation Key
A group of organisms or populations living and interacting with one another in a particular environment. The organisms in a community affect each other's abundance, distribution, and evolutionary adaptation. Depending on how broadly one views the interaction between organisms, a community can be small and local, as in a pond or tree, or regional or global, as in a biome.
in biology, an interacting group of various species in a common location. For example, a forest of trees and undergrowth plants, inhabited by animals and rooted in soil containing bacteria and fungi, constitutes a biological community.
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