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(ˈiːkəʊˌspiːʃiːz; -ˌspiːsiːz; ˈɛkəʊ-)
(Biology) ecology a species of plant or animal that can be divided into several ecotypes
[C20: from eco(logy) + species]
ecospecific adj
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(ˈɛk oʊˌspi ʃiz, -siz, ˈi koʊ-)

n., pl. -cies.
a species consisting of one or more interbreeding ecotypes: equivalent to a taxonomic species.
ec•o•spe•cif•ic (ˌɛk oʊ spɪˈsɪf ɪk) adj.
ec`o•spe•cif′i•cal•ly, adv.
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