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Glossary of Ecology Terms
beginning with letter B
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Batesian mimicry Tweet Definition of Batesian mimicry Like Definition of Batesian mimicry on Facebook
proper noun
  1. the resemblance of one or more non-poisonous species to a poisonous species, for example, the scarlet king snake and the coral snake.
benthic Tweet Definition of benthic Like Definition of benthic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean.
    • 2001, David Mitchell, Number 9 Dream
    • : With that, the rodent vanished into the bowels of his pyrrhic pile.
benthos Tweet Definition of benthos Like Definition of benthos on Facebook
noun
  1. the flora and fauna at the bottom of the ocean or other body of water
biodegrade Tweet Definition of biodegrade Like Definition of biodegrade on Facebook
verbto biodegrade
  1. To decompose as a result of biological action, especially by microorganisms
biological oxygen demand Tweet Definition of biological oxygen demand Like Definition of biological oxygen demand on Facebook
noun
  1. biochemical oxygen demand
biomass Tweet Definition of biomass Like Definition of biomass on Facebook
noun
  1. the total mass of all living things within a specific area, habitat etc
  2. vegetation used as a fuel, or source of energy, especially if cultivated for that purpose
biome Tweet Definition of biome Like Definition of biome on Facebook
noun
  1. any major regional biological community such as that of forest or desert
biometeorology Tweet Definition of biometeorology Like Definition of biometeorology on Facebook
noun
  1. the study of the relationship between atmospheric conditions (the weather) and living organisms
biosphere Tweet Definition of biosphere Like Definition of biosphere on Facebook
noun
  1. the part of the earth and its atmosphere capable of supporting life
  2. the totality of living organisms and their environment
biota Tweet Definition of biota Like Definition of biota on Facebook
noun
  1. The living organisms of a region.
buffer Tweet Definition of buffer Like Definition of buffer on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone or something that buffs.
  2. (chemistry) A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid.
  3. (computing) A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device.
  4. (mechanical) Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects.
  5. (telecommunications) A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another.
  6. An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit.
  7. In international relations, a buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state.
verb (buffer)
  1. To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another.
  2. (computing) To store data in memory temporarily.

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