assortative-mating

assortative mating

noun Animal Behavior, Psychology.
the reproductive pairing of individuals that have more traits in common than would likely be the case if mating were random (contrasted with disassortative mating ).
Compare panmixia.


Origin:
1895–1900

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assortative mating as·sor·ta·tive mating (ə-sôr'tə-tĭv)
n.
Nonrandom mating in which individuals mate preferentially according to phenotype.

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