Definition of exclosure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskləʊʒə/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈskləʊʒə/


An area from which unwanted animals are excluded.
Example sentences
  • After the fence is completed, The Nature Conservancy will conduct aggressive alien plant and animal control within the exclosure, which will also serve as a reintroduction site for at least three more endangered plant species.
  • We report growth for Tiarella, a species that has spread clonally within exclosures but not outside exclosures where survival has been low.
  • In cases where we tested the hypothesis that arthropod densities and leaf damage would be lower in the control (with birds) than in the experimental exclosures (birds excluded), we used one-tailed tests for significance.


1920s: from ex-1 'out' + closure, on the pattern of enclosure.

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