consociation

[kuhn-soh-see-ey-shuhn, -shee-]
noun
1.
the act of uniting in association.
2.
an association of churches or religious orders.
3.
Ecology. a climax community in which a single species is dominant.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin consociātiōn-, stem of consociātiō an associating; see consociate, -ion

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consociate
 
vb
1.  to enter into or bring into friendly association
 
adj
2.  associated or united
 
n
3.  an associate or partner
 
[C16: from Latin consociāre, from socius partner]
 
consoci'ation
 
n

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In a consociation, delineated areas use a single name from the dominant component in the map unit.
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