Allen's rule


Definition of Allen's rule

: a statement in zoology: protruding body parts (as ears, tail, legs, bill) of warm-blooded animals are relatively shorter in cooler than in warmer parts of the range

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First Known Use of Allen's rule

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Allen's rule

after Joel A. Allen

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“Allen's rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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