Definition of philopatric in English:

philopatric

Syllabification: phil·o·pat·ric
Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈpatrik
 
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adjective

Zoology
(Of an animal or species) tending to return to or remain near a particular site or area.
More example sentences
  • The fact that close inbreeding is rarely observed even in highly philopatric species suggests that animals have mechanisms to avoid breeding with close kin.
  • Most individuals are philopatric; they return to the area near where they hatched to breed.
  • Like other waterfowl species, common goldeneye females are natal and breeding site philopatric.

Origin

1940s: from philo- 'liking' + Greek patra 'fatherland' + -ic.

Derivatives

philopatry

Pronunciation: /fəˈläpətrē/
noun
More example sentences
  • For colonial seabirds, studies of natal dispersal are numerous, and two levels of natal philopatry have been recognized: philopatry to the natal colony and within the colony philopatry to the natal breeding site.
  • First-time breeders that came back to breed within their natal colony showed strong philopatry toward their natal breeding sites.
  • The name for this stay-at-home behavior is philopatry, a term derived from the Greek for ‘home-loving’ and loosely defined as the tendency of an individual to remain in its birthplace as an adult.

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