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

noun, Ecology.
the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
/ˈiːkəˌtəʊn; ˈɛkə-/
the zone between two major ecological communities
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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