Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


The living organisms of a region or habitat: soil biota; the biota of Australia.

[New Latin, from Greek biotē, way of life, from bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Biology) the plant and animal life of a particular region or period
[C20: from New Latin, from Greek biotē way of life, from bios life]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(baɪˈoʊ tə)

the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.
[1901; < Greek biotḗ life, akin to bíos; see bio-]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


the animal or plant life of a particular region.
See also: Animals, Plants
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.biota - all the plant and animal life of a particular region
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
fauna, zoology - all the animal life in a particular region or period; "the fauna of China"; "the zoology of the Pliocene epoch"
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Biota shares fell 4.2 percent on Tuesday to A$2.08 as investors took profits from a surge to a near four-year high on Monday after the laninamivir trial results were released.
He rates Biota's shares "buy." Governments worldwide are stockpiling anti-flu medicines, including Tamiflu and Relenza, to reduce the severity and spread of disease in the event of a pandemic.
Biota Holdings today said the Canadian government will increase the overall stockpile of antivirals to 55 million courses, and increase the proportion of the company's flu medication, Relenza (zanamivir), to 5.5 million courses.
Made by BIOTA Brands of America Inc., Telluride, (970) 728-6132,
Two companies have worked with Cargill Dow (now known as NatureWorks) to develop the first commercially available PLA bottles: Biota (Ouray, Colo.) for its Rocky Mountain spring water, and Naturally Iowa Dairy (Clarinda, Iowa) for its organic milk and "spoonless" yogurt.
Human colonic biota studied by ribosomal DNA sequence analysis.
The salient facts about the amazingly rich biota of these islands are taught to every schoolchild, but in truth the culture of modern Japan shows a single-minded willingness to sacrifice it all for gain, and this usually over a relatively short term--and often off the books.
With Merkl and Anderson cowriting most of the melodies, Iffy's debut album, Biota Bondo (on Warner-distributed Foodchain), began winning raves last year from the likes of the Los Angeles Times and its hometown Minneapolis Star Tribune, which hailed the recording as 2001's Local Album of the Year.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) aims to understand Earth systems from every component including land surface, oceans, atmosphere, ice sheets, and biota from an interdisciplinary approach.
BIOTA HOLDINGS' chief executive officer Dr Hugh Niall says that despite the lower than expected half-yearly results for his company, he is optimistic about the future.
Among the introduced biota that would alter the Californian landscape were several species of eucalyptus, promoted both as ornamentals and for reforestation projects.