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adjective sym·pat·ric \sim-ˈpa-trik\

Definition of sympatric

  1. 1 :  occurring in the same area

  2. 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


play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


play \ˈsim-ˌpa-trē\ noun

Origin and Etymology of sympatric

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

First Known Use: circa 1904

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