Definition of dimorphic
- dimorphic leaves
- sexually dimorphic coloration in birds
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dimorphic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Dimorphism varies greatly in the animal kingdom. Among mammals, the male is generally larger than the female, but other differences in appearance tend to be modest. But birds are usually noticeably dimorphic, with the male being the more colorful sex; when we imagine a pheasant, a mallard, a cardinal, or a peacock, we're almost always picturing the male rather than the female. Among spiders the situation is often reversed. The golden orb-weaver spider, for example, is spectacularly dimorphic: the female may be 20 times the size of the male, and she usually ends up eating him, sometimes even while he's mating with her. Many sea creatures, including many fish, take care of gender problems by simply changing from one sex into the other.
What made you want to look up dimorphic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
to speak or write verbosely and windily
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz