edge effect

noun

Definition of edge effect

: the effect of an abrupt transition between two quite different adjoining ecological communities on the numbers and kinds of organisms in the marginal habitat

Examples of edge effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My current lipstick look as of late has been that hazy dreamy, blurred-edge effect. Sable Yong, Allure, 18 May 2018 Conservationists do already think about edge effects, says Haddad, but typically on the scale of tens of meters—not hundreds. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of edge effect

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Edge effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edge%20effect. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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