Definition of allelopathy in English:


Syllabification: al·le·lop·a·thy
Pronunciation: /əlēˈläpəTHē, ˌalə-


  • The chemical inhibition of one plant (or other organism) by another, due to the release into the environment of substances acting as germination or growth inhibitors.
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    • It can provide a potent mixture of allelopathy and shade for the soil, inhibiting weed seed germination.
    • He speculated that competition for light or water or allelopathy might be factors limiting the growth of seedlings within native populations.
    • The effect on seedling germination is a well-known phenomenon in allelopathy.


1950s: from Greek allēl- 'one another' + -pathy.

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