sym·​pat·​ric | \ sim-ˈpa-trik How to pronounce sympatric (audio) \

Definition of sympatric

1 : occurring in the same area
2 : occupying the same geographical range without loss of identity from interbreeding sympatric species also : occurring between populations that are not geographically separated sympatric speciation — compare allopatric

Other Words from sympatric

sympatrically \ sim-​ˈpa-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sympatric (audio) \ adverb
sympatry \ ˈsim-​ˌpa-​trē How to pronounce sympatric (audio) \ noun

Examples of sympatric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But other researchers say the research appears to show how sympatric speciation happens—and in this case, happened so quickly. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sympatric

circa 1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sympatric

sym- + Greek pátra "native country, homeland" (derivative from the stem of patḗr "father") + -ic entry 1 — more at father entry 1

Note: The word was introduced by the British biologist Edward Bagnall Poulton (1856-1943) in the 1903 Presidential Address to the Entomological Society of London, published in the Transactions of the Entomological Society of London for 1903 (London, 1903-04), p. xc.

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“Sympatric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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