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[ek-uh-tohn, ee-kuh-] /ˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə-/
noun, Ecology
the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
Origin of ecotone
1900-05; eco- + tone < Greek tónos tension
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ecotonal, adjective Unabridged
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/ˈiːkəˌtəʊn; ˈɛkə-/
the zone between two major ecological communities
Derived Forms
ecotonal, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from eco(logy) + -tone, from Greek tonos tension, tone
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ecotone in Science
A transitional zone between two ecological communities, as between a forest and grassland or a river and its estuary. An ecotone has its own characteristics in addition to sharing certain characteristics of the two communities. See also edge effect.
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