One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An association, a league. Now rare.
2Sociology. Social interaction; socialization.
3Ecology. A basic unit of a mature plant community having one or more dominant species.
Late 16th century. From post-classical Latin sociatio association, union (3rd cent.) from classical Latin sociāt-, past participial stem of sociāre + -iō. Compare Middle French sociation. In later use in sense 1a only aphetic from association.
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