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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
also bio-diversity , by 1988, from bio- + diversity .

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole); "a high level of biodiversity is desirable"

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Biodiversity , a contraction of "biological diversity," generally refers to the variety and variability of life on Earth. One of the most widely used definitions defines it in terms of the variability within species, between species and between ecosystems. ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. (context biology English) the diversity (number and variety of species) of plant and animal life within a region

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS ▪ Both scientific and commercial biodiversity prospectors should pay fees, as mineral prospectors do. ▪ Instead they should restrict access to plants, control contracts and set up local industries to capitalise on biodiversity ...

Usage examples of biodiversity.

Overpopulation, over- development, nuclear terrorism, environmental warfare tactics, radiation leakage from power plants and waste dumps, toxic waste, air pollution, deforestation, pollution and overfishing of the oceans, global warming, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity through extinction.

He does not develop biodiversity because it is good for humans, or because human existence depends upon it (although he recognizes that), or because it's nice to go out and have a "wilderness experience"all of those, for Plotinus, are anthropo-centric to the core, and serve only the ego in men and women, not the Divine in each and all.

Christine also had a stuffed passenger pigeon (the ROM’s Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology—the slapped-together catchall formed by merging the old ichthyology, herpetology, mammalogy, and ornithology departments—had about twenty of them).

The issue is rounded out with three more stories, and several poems, including “Volus Nocturnus,” by James Livingston, which takes the vitally important, but rather dry, concept of biodiversity and, through clever imagery, turns it into a touching and beautiful piece of wordsmithery.