the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
- ec·o·ton·al, adjective
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How to use ecotone in a sentence
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
the zone between two major ecological communities
- ecotonal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for ecotone
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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