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siblicide

Line breaks: sib¦li|cide
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪblɪsʌɪd
 
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Definition of siblicide in English:

noun

[mass noun] Zoology
The killing of a sibling or siblings, as a behaviour pattern typical in various animal groups.
Example sentences
  • Asymmetric larval mobility and the evolutionary transition from siblicide to nonsiblicidal behavior in parasitoid wasps
  • The vast majority of this mortality is due to food shortage and/or siblicide, though predation can also be a significant source of mortality.
  • Because obligate siblicide typically occurs shortly after the second chick hatches, brood size does not vary for the majority of the nestling period.

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