Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

allopatric

play
adjective al·lo·pat·ric \ˌa-lə-ˈpa-trik\

Definition of allopatric

  1. :  occurring in different geographic areas or in isolation <allopatric speciation> — compare sympatric

allopatrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

allopatry

play \ə-ˈlä-pə-trē\ noun


Origin and Etymology of allopatric

all- + Greek patra fatherland, from patēr father — more at father


First Known Use: 1942


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up allopatric? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a secret group of plotters

Get Word of the Day daily email!