noun, plural: communities
(general) A locality inhabited by a group of any size whose members use a common language, manners, law, culture and tradition.
(general) A social group sharing common characteristics or interests, sometimes regardless of their location.
(biology) An ecological unit composed of a group of organisms or a population of different species occupying a particular area, usually interacting with each other and their environment.
The organisms living in a community interact with one another, often, affecting each other’s abundance, distribution, adaptation, and existence. An ecological community may range in size from the very small community as in a pond or a tree to the huge regional or global community as in a biome.
Word origin: From Old French communité (French: communauté).
See also: biocoenosis.