plural -s
: 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

Word History


French, from alterne, adjective, alternate, from Latin alternus

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alterne was in 1916

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“Alterne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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