Definition of subclimax in English:

subclimax

noun

Ecology
  • The stage in an ecological succession preceding the climax, or at which a plant community is prevented by climatic or other factors from reaching the natural climax.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Frederic Edward Clements (1874–1945). From sub- + climax.

Pronunciation

subclimax

/ˌsʌbˈklʌɪmaks/