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speciation Line breaks: spe¦ci|ation
Pronunciation: /ˌspiːʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of speciation in English:


[mass noun] Biology
The formation of new and distinct species in the course of evolution.
Example sentences
  • Many of us think of evolution as speciation, but populations of insects evolved resistance without budding into new species.
  • We are the product of a process of speciation, competition, and ecological change.
  • The creation of a new species is known as speciation.


Pronunciation: /ˈspiːʃɪeɪt/ /ˈspiːsɪeɪt/
Example sentences
  • Theory predicts that in rapidly speciating taxa gene genealogies will vary between loci.
  • The organisms were identified and speciated based on colony morphology and biochemical reactions.
  • Certain animals can speciate in under 10 millennia.
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