Deme definition

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(ecology) A local, usually stable population of interbreeding organisms of the same species.
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A small, locally interbreeding group of organisms within a larger population. Demes are isolated reproductively from other members of their species, although the isolation may only be partial and is not necessarily permanent. Because they share a somewhat restricted gene pool, members of a deme generally differ morphologically to some degree from members of other demes.
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One of the townships of ancient Attica.
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Any of the more than 100 districts into which ancient Attica was divided.
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(biol.) A particular interbreeding population within a species.
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(ecology) A local, usually stable population of interbreeding organisms of the same species.
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A township or other subdivision of ancient Attica.
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(ecology) A distinct local population of plants or animals.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deme
Plural:
demes

Origin of deme

  • Greek dēmos people, land dā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek δῆμος (demos, “district”).

    From Wiktionary