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  1. of or relating to a zone or zones.
  2. of the nature of a zone.
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Also zon·ar·y [zoh-nuh-ree] /ˈzoʊ nə ri/.

Origin of zonal

First recorded in 1865–70; zone + -al1
Related formszon·al·ly, adverbin·ter·zon·al, adjectivenon·zon·al, adjectivenon·zon·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for zonal

Historical Examples of zonal

  • A zonal arrangement of minerals about intrusives is often noted.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Zonal range: Upper Sonoran areas that are moist yet safe from continuous inundation.

  • Nevertheless, a large number of the specimens collected in Ecuador are intermediate in color as well as in zonal distribution.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • Many ammonites occur in this formation in addition to the forms used as zonal indexes mentioned in the table.

  • Here is no diversity of outward form, no contrast of zonal location, no fructifying variety of geographic conditions.

British Dictionary definitions for zonal


less commonly zonary (ˈzəʊnərɪ)

  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a zone
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Derived Formszonally, adverb
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