sexual selection

noun

Definition of sexual selection

: natural selection for characters that confer success in competition for a mate as distinguished from competition with other species also : the choice of a mate based on a preference for certain characteristics (such as color or bird song)

First Known Use of sexual selection

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Sexual selection.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexual%20selection. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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sexual selection

noun

Medical Definition of sexual selection

: natural selection for characters that confer success in competition for a mate as distinguished from competition with other species also : the choice of a mate based on a preference for certain characteristics (as color or bird song)

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