Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In phytogeography, the line along which two types of vegetation compete for the same ground. See tension-line.

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  • noun a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities (ecosystems).

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[eco– + Greek tonos, tension, tone; see tone.]

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Combination of eco- (“ecology”) +‎ -tone, from the Greek τόνος (tonos, "tension").

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  • The intersection or overlap between two ecosystems.

    December 10, 2007

  • Each language will feature a zone

    Where high words and humble are sown,

    And Ernest is hungry

    To harvest the fungi

    That grow in that rich ecotone.

    See also diglossia.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    December 21, 2014