Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 1980s
The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.
Examples of Biodiversity in a sentence
"The Australian biodiversity is responsible for almost 10% of all species on Earth."
"The foundation was focused on efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the rainforest."
The word biodiversity was stitched together from pieces of ancient languages, but it’s a relatively modern term. In Greek “bios” means mode of life and “divertere” is a Latin verb for to go different ways. Biodiversity is used to refer to all the different types of plant and animal life in a given area.
Did you Know?
As concerns about ecological conservation grow, biodiversity has moved from a specialized word only used by scientists, to quite a commonly understood term. Efforts to preserve biodiversity include habitat restoration, animal rescues and sanctuaries, and specific laws designed to improve positive biodiversity.