Definition of sympatric
1 : occurring in the same area
2 : occupying the same geographical range without loss of identity from interbreeding <sympatric species>; also : occurring between populations that are not geographically separated <sympatric speciation> — compare allopatric
Origin of sympatric
syn- + Greek patra fatherland, from patēr father — more at father
First Known Use: circa 1904
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