Definition of alterne
: one of a group of adjoining plant communities usually sharply differentiated from one another a grass alterne on the southward-facing slope of a ridge contrasted with forest alterne on the northward-facing slope
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Origin and Etymology of alterne
French, from alterne, adjective, alternate, from Latin alternus — more at altern
First Known Use: 1916
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