adjective vi·car·i·ant \vī-ˈker-ē-ənt, və-\

Definition of vicariant

  1. :  of, relating to, or being the process of vicariance or organisms that evolved through this process <the possible vicariant origin of the Antillean arthropod fauna>



Origin and Etymology of vicariant

translation of German vikarirend, present participle of vikarieren to act as a substitute, from Vikar representative, proxy, from Middle High German vicar, from Latin vicarius substitute

First Known Use: 1952

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