Definition of coevolution in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōevəˈlo͞oSHən/ Pronunciation: /-ēvə-/


The influence of closely associated species on each other in their evolution.
Example sentences
  • This would add greatly to our knowledge of natural selection and co-evolution in plant-pathogen populations.
  • Several types of co-evolution have been described in the literature about evolution, including mutualism, character displacement and host-pathogen evolution.
  • Recent work shows that these theorems don't hold in the case of co-evolution, when two or more species evolve in response to one another.



Pronunciation: /-SHəˌnerē/
Example sentences
  • The remainder of the chapter evaluates jealousy as a co-evolutionary arms race of reproductive strategies between men and women.
  • In this book I take the view that these changes are neither revolutionary nor evolutionary but somewhere between: that they are co-evolutionary.
  • It seems more reasonable to see the co-evolutionary interaction between war and religion as enforcing rather than inhibiting each other.


Pronunciation: /ˌkō-iˈvälv/
Example sentences
  • I'd like to think that the tenets of deep ecology are part of human consciousness by dint of the fact that we evolved, co-evolved with entire biotic communities.
  • In addition, we have co-evolved with other organisms and within a particular range of physical conditions.
  • ‘These animals have co-evolved with parasites and pathogens, as well as local food plants,’ she said.

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Syllabification: co·ev·o·lu·tion

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