adjective vi·car·i·ant \-ē-ənt\

Definition of VICARIANT

:  of, relating to, or being the process of vicariance or organisms that evolved through this process <the possible vicariant origin of the Antillean arthropod fauna>
vicariant noun


translation of German vikarirend, present participle of vikarieren to act as a substitute, from Vikar representative, proxy, from Middle High German vicar, from Latin vicarius substitute
First Known Use: 1952


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