artificial selection

noun

Definition of artificial selection

: selective breeding Even artificial selection is slow: it takes decades and acres of space to develop just one new cultivar.— Jack Fincher

First Known Use of artificial selection

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Artificial selection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/artificial%20selection. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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