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biota (n.)

"animal and plant life of a given region," 1901, from Greek biota "life," from PIE root *gwei- "to live."

updated on June 02, 2017

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Definitions of biota from WordNet

biota (n.)
all the plant and animal life of a particular region;
Synonyms: biology
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