sexual selection

noun

: 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)

Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexual selection was in 1859

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“Sexual selection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexual%20selection. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

sexual selection

noun
: 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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