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[mahy-kruh-klahy-mit] /ˈmaɪ krəˌklaɪ mɪt/
the climate of a small area, as of confined spaces such as caves or houses (cryptoclimate) of plant communities, wooded areas, etc. (phytoclimate) or of urban communities, which may be different from that in the general region.
Compare macroclimate.
Origin of microclimate
1920-25; micro- + climate
Related forms
[mahy-kroh-klahy-mat-ik] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ klaɪˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
microclimatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for microclimate
  • Welcome to the world of super-precise microclimate measurement.
  • After an initial cross, a farmer could simply select the plants that do best in his or her microclimate.
  • Worm castings can't stabilize a forest floor microclimate and retain moisture the way a robust leaf-litter bed can.
  • But success depends much on each area's microclimate.
  • If this happens, stand directly under showerhead until bathroom microclimate stabilizes.
  • Taste of place reflects the microclimate and the micro-geography.
  • The dense foliage creates its own microclimate, with the dripping of water a constant companion as you check out this unique area.
  • Scientists attribute the figures' preservation to the site's location in an arid microclimate.
  • Its perfect microclimate for making ice attracts climbers, connoisseurs and simple spectators.
  • Rather, they step out of the cold into known pockets of protective microclimate.
British Dictionary definitions for microclimate


noun (ecology)
the atmospheric conditions affecting an individual or a small group of organisms, esp when they differ from the climate of the rest of the community
the entire environment of an individual or small group of organisms
Derived Forms
microclimatic (ˌmaɪkrəʊklaɪˈmætɪk) adjective
microclimatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for microclimate

1918, from micro- + climate. Related: Microclimatology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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microclimate in Science
The climate of a small, specific place within a larger area. An area as small as a yard or park can have several different microclimates depending on how much sunlight, shade, or exposure to the wind there is at a particular spot. Compare macroclimate.
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microclimate in Culture

microclimate definition

The long-term weather conditions in a small area on the Earth. Usually, this term refers to such things as the differences in weather between the tops of hills and neighboring valleys, or between different parts of the same piece of land.

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