Gause's principle

noun
Gau·​se's principle
variants: or less commonly Gause's rule \ ˈgau̇zə̇z-​ \

Definition of Gause's principle

: a statement in ecology: two species that have identical ecological requirements cannot exist in the same area at the same time

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History and Etymology for Gause's principle

after G. F. Gause,, born 1910 American ecologist

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“Gause's principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gause%27s%20principle. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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