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ecosystem (ˈɛkoʊˌsɪstəm Pronunciation for ˈikoʊˌsɪstəm Pronunciation for )



  1. a system made up of a community of animals, plants, and bacteria interrelated together with its physical and chemical environment

Word Origin

eco- + , system

Translations for 'ecosystem'

  • American English: ecosystem An ecosystem is the relationship between all the living things in a particular area together. ecosystems...the forest ecosystem.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ecossistema
  • Chinese: 生态系统生态態系统統
  • European Spanish: ecosistema
  • French: écosystème
  • German: Ökosystem
  • Italian: ecosistema
  • Japanese: 生態系
  • Korean: 생태계
  • Portuguese: ecossistema
  • Spanish: ecosistema

Example Sentences Including 'ecosystem'

For instance, could any of the property qualify as a fragile ecosystem or unique habitat for endangered species?
Metz, Don King of The Mountain (1990)
But scientists also worry about the possible ripple effects of such a plan throughout the ecosystem.
Wired (2004)
That's a very important device in this ecosystem of devices," Microsoft executive Ed Graczyk said.
Philadelphia Enquirer (2002)
The camp aims to build an appreciation of wild salmon's role in the ecosystem.
Seattle Times (2004)
Any change in human habits is invariably felt across the whole web of relationships that comprise an ecosystem.
Oxenhorn, Harvey Tuning the Rig: A Journey to the Arctic (1990)


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