adaptive radiation

a·dap·tive ra·di·a·tion
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dap-tiv rey-dee-ey-shuh n]
    • /əˈdæp tɪv ˌreɪ diˈeɪ ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dap-tiv rey-dee-ey-shuh n]
    • /əˈdæp tɪv ˌreɪ diˈeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of adaptive radiation words

  • noun adaptive radiation evolution of a number of divergent species from a common ancestor, each species becoming adapted to occupy a different environment. This type of evolution occurred in the Tertiary manuals and the Mesozoic reptiles 3
  • noun adaptive radiation the dispersal of, and adaptation to new environments by, a line of animals or plants, resulting in the evolution of divergent forms, often new species, specialized for surviving in the new habitats 3
  • noun adaptive radiation the diversification of an ancestral group of organisms into a variety of related forms specialized to fit different environments or ways of life, each often further diversifying into more specialized types. 1
  • noun adaptive radiation (biology) The diversification of species into separate forms that each adapt to occupy a specific environmental niche. 0

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Origin of adaptive radiation

First appearance:

before 1900
One of the 17% newest English words
First recorded in 1900-05

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adaptive radiation popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 2% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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