Share this entry

Share this page

Galapagos finches

Line breaks: Gal|apa¦gos finches

Definition of Galapagos finches in English:

plural noun

Another term for Darwin's finches.
Example sentences
  • The great evolutionary plasticity of bill form and function is well known from the radiations of Hawaiian honeycreepers and Galapagos finches.
  • Darwin's study of characteristics of species on isolated islands such as these Galapagos finches, and of fossil animals, led him to conclude that evolution had occurred.
  • In fact, the opposite may be happening, as several species of Galapagos finches now appear to be merging through hybridization.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…