al·​lo·​pat·​ric ˌa-lə-ˈpa-trik How to pronounce allopatric (audio)
: occurring in different geographic areas or in isolation
allopatric speciation
compare sympatric
allopatrically adverb
allopatry noun

Examples of allopatric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the types of speciation that do, the most important is called allopatric. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2023 Wright also alludes to concepts such as allopatric speciation and postzygotic reproductive isolation which have spawned an enormous literature, and are the stuff of careers.. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2010

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Word History


allo- + -patric (in sympatric)

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allopatric was in 1942

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“Allopatric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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