ecotone

[ ek-uh-tohn, ee-kuh- ]
/ ˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə- /
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noun Ecology.

the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.

Nearby words

  1. ecotage,
  2. ecotarian,
  3. ecotaxis,
  4. ecotecture,
  5. ecoterrorist,
  6. ecotourism,
  7. ecotropic virus,
  8. ecotype,
  9. ecowas,
  10. ecphonesis

Origin of ecotone

1900–05; eco- + tone < Greek tónos tension

Related formsec·o·ton·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ecotone

ecotone

/ (ˈiːkəˌtəʊn, ˈɛkə-) /

noun

the zone between two major ecological communities
Derived Formsecotonal, adjective

Word Origin for ecotone

C20: from eco (logy) + -tone, from Greek tonos tension, tone

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Science definitions for ecotone

ecotone

[ ēkə-tōn′ ]

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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