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subclimax

[suhb-klahy-maks] /sʌbˈklaɪ mæks/
noun, Ecology
1.
the development of an ecological community to a stage short of the expected climax because of some factor, as repeated fires in a forest, that arrests the normal succession.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; sub- + climax
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Examples for subclimax
  • So the sequoia belongs to a subclimax stage of succession.
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subclimax

/sʌbˈklaɪmæks/
noun
1.
(ecology) a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained
Derived Forms
subclimactic (ˌsʌbklaɪˈmæktɪk) adjective
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subclimax in Science
subclimax
  (sŭb-klī'māks')   
A stage in the ecological succession of a plant or animal community immediately preceding a climax, often persisting because of the repeated effects of fire, flood, or other conditions. See also climax community, succession.

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