co·​evo·​lu·​tion | \ ˌkō-ˌe-və-ˈlü-shən also -ˌē-və- \

Definition of coevolution

: evolution involving successive changes in two or more ecologically interdependent species (as of a plant and its pollinators) that affect their interactions

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Other Words from coevolution

coevolutionary \ ˌkō-​ˌe-​və-​ˈlü-​shə-​ˌner-​ē also  -​ˌē-​və-​ \ adjective
coevolve \ ˌkō-​i-​ˈvälv , -​ˈvȯlv \ intransitive verb

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That two so very distinct personalities have managed to forge an effective partnership is a testament to their years of professional coevolution. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 This memetic competition and coevolution is one reason the media landscape is so dizzying. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook?," 31 Oct. 2017 The diversification of flowering plants also has everything to do with their coevolution with insects. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Why Are There So Many More Species on Land When the Sea Is Bigger?," 12 July 2017 For example, in 2004, evolutionary biologist David Wilkinson used Green Mountain to illustrate that snail-speed coevolution is not always necessary for complex ecosystems to build themselves. National Geographic, "Mysterious Island Experiment Could Help Us Colonize Other Planets," 8 May 2017 This is an an example of coevolution, where two species reciprocally affect each other over evolutionary time. Gwen Pearson, WIRED, "Bee Tongues and Flowers Reveal Evolution in Overdrive," 24 Sep. 2015

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First Known Use of coevolution

1964, in the meaning defined above

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