biome

A biome is a specific environment that's home to living things suited for that place and climate. A desert biome is great for a lizard, but a koala needs the leafy greens of a forest biome.

A plant or animal makes its home in a specific biome, which is pronounced "BI-ohm." While a biome can range from an arctic tundra to a tropical rain forest, living things need to stay in the biome that's best suited to keeping them alive and growing. Scientists in the field of ecology, the study of the environmental connections between living things, work to understand the effects of climate change and population growth on biomes.

Definitions of biome
  1. noun
    a major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate
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    Great Arabian Desert
    a desert on the Arabian Peninsula in southwestern Asia
    Arabian Desert
    a desert in Egypt between the Nile River and the Red Sea
    Atacama Desert
    a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits
    Great Australian Desert
    general name given to all desert areas in Australia
    Black Rock Desert
    a desert in northwestern Nevada
    Chihuahuan Desert
    a desert in western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico
    Colorado Desert
    an arid region of southeastern California
    Great Salt Desert
    a salt desert in north central Iran
    Dasht-e-Lut
    a desert in eastern Iran
    Death Valley
    a desert area that is part of the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southwestern Nevada; contains the lowest point in North America
    Gibson Desert
    a desert area in western Australia
    Gila Desert
    a desert area in southern Arizona
    Gobi Desert
    a desert in central China
    Great Sandy Desert
    a desert region in northwestern Australia to the north of the Gibson Desert
    Great Victoria Desert
    a desert region in south central Australia to the north of the Nullarbor Plain
    Kalahari Desert
    a desert in southwestern Africa - largely Botswana
    Turkestan Desert
    a desert in Turkmenistan to the south of the Aral Sea
    Kizil Kum
    a desert in Uzbekistan to the southeast of the Aral Sea
    Libyan Desert
    the northeastern part of the Sahara Desert in Libya and Egypt and Sudan
    Mohave Desert
    a desert area in southern California and western Arizona
    Namib Desert
    a desert in Namibia extending along the coast between the high plateau and the Atlantic Ocean
    An Nafud
    a desert in northern Saudi Arabia that is noted for its red sand and violent winds
    Negev Desert
    a desert in southern Israel
    Nubian Desert
    an arid sandstone plateau in northeastern Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea
    Painted Desert
    a desert on a high plateau in northeastern Arizona
    Patagonian Desert
    a semiarid region in southern South America
    Great Sandy Desert
    a desert in southern Saudi Arabia
    Sahara Desert
    the world's largest desert (3,500,000 square miles) in northern Africa
    Simpson Desert
    a desert region of central Australia
    Sinai Desert
    a desert on the Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt
    Sonoran Desert
    a desert in southwestern Arizona
    Syrian Desert
    a desert of northern Arabia occupying western Iraq, southern Syria, eastern Jordan, and northern Saudi Arabia
    Taklamakan Desert
    a desert in western China
    Great Indian Desert
    a desert to the east of the Indus River in northwestern India and southeastern Pakistan
    Black Forest
    a hilly forest region in southwestern Germany
    Great Plains of North America
    a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
    Sherwood Forest
    an ancient forest in central England; formerly a royal hunting ground; said to be the home of Robin Hood and his merry band
    Wilderness
    a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
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    desert
    arid land with little or no vegetation
    grassland
    land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
    forest, timber, timberland, woodland
    land that is covered with trees and shrubs
    bent
    an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
    hayfield, meadow
    a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
    grazing land, lea, ley, pasture, pastureland
    a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
    prairie
    a treeless grassy plain
    savanna, savannah
    a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
    veld, veldt
    elevated open grassland in southern Africa
    greenwood
    woodlands in full leaf
    riparian forest
    woodlands along the banks of stream or river
    silva, sylva
    the forest trees growing in a country or region
    tree farm
    a forest (or part of a forest) where trees are grown for commercial use
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    biotic community, community
    (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other
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