industrial melanism


Definition of industrial melanism

: genetically determined melanism as a population phenomenon especially in moths in which the proportion of dark individuals tends to increase due to differential predation especially by birds which more easily find and eat lighter-colored individuals in habitats darkened by industrial pollution

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrial melanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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