subclimax

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sub·cli·max

 (sŭb-klī′măks′)
n.
A stage in the succession of an ecological community preceding the attainment of a climax community, often persisting because of the occurrence of fires, floods, or other disturbances.

sub′cli·mac′tic (-măk′tĭk) adj.

subclimax

(sʌbˈklaɪmæks)
n
(Biology) ecology a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained
subclimactic adj

sub•cli•max

(sʌbˈklaɪ mæks)

n.
the stage of an ecological community that normally precedes the climax, esp. when further development is arrested.
[1915–20]