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[kwod-ruh t] /ˈkwɒd rət/

Printing. 2 (def 1).
Ecology. a square or rectangular plot of land marked off for the study of plants and animals.
(ecology) an area of vegetation, often one square metre, marked out for study of the plants in the surrounding area
the frame used to mark out such an area

“a blank, low-cast type used by typographers to fill in larger spaces in printed lines,” 1680s, from French quadrat “a quadrat,” literally “a square,” from Latin quadratrus, past participle of quadrare “to square, make square” (see quadrant). Earlier in English it meant a type of surveying instrument (c.1400).


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