adaptive radiation

Pronunciation key

( ə-daptiv rā′di-āshən )

adaptive radiation

The evolution from one form of organism to divergent forms with specialized physiology and distinctive behaviors suiting them for new and diverse ways of life.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Biology of Plants, Fourth Edition, Worth Publishers Inc., Stanford University, Peter H. Raven and Helena Curtis, ©1971
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