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The successful establishment of a plant or animal species in a habitat.

[From Greek oikēsis, inhabitation, from oikein, to dwell, from oikos, house; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]


(Botany) the establishment of a plant in a new environment
[C20: from Greek oikēsis a dwelling in, from oikein to inhabit; related to oikos a house]


(ɪˈsi sɪs)

the establishment of an immigrant plant in a new environment.
[1900–05; < Greek oíkēsis act of inhabiting]
e•ce′sic, adj.


the transplanting of a plant to a new environment.
See also: Environment, Plants
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ecesis - (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat
bionomics, environmental science, ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
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pitcheri does not propagate vegetatively, it must rely on ecesis to ensure population persistence (Hamze and Jolls, 2000).
annulatus Timberlake es originaria de Asia oriental y fue introducida por ecesis (con sus hospederos) a California, Estados Unidos (EU), Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Republica Dominicana, Trinidad y a las Islas Bermudas.