[ ek-uh-tohn, ee-kuh- ]
/ ˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə- /
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the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
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Origin of ecotone
1900–05; eco- + tone<Greek tónos tension
OTHER WORDS FROM ecotoneec·o·ton·al, adjective
Words nearby ecotone
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Example sentences from the Web for ecotone
The result is a transition area or ecotone which epitomizes the next stage in development.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
This bird of the primary forest and primary-secondary forest ecotone was common at all three principal collecting stations.Birds from North Borneo|Max C. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for ecotone
/ (ˈiːkəˌtəʊn, ˈɛkə-) /
the zone between two major ecological communities
Derived forms of ecotoneecotonal, adjective
Word Origin for ecotone
C20: from eco (logy) + -tone, from Greek tonos tension, tone
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Scientific definitions for ecotone
[ ē′kə-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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