Definition of coevolution in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkōˌevəˈlo͞oSHən/ /ˌkoʊˌɛvəˈluʃən/ /ˌˈkōˈēv(ə)ˌlo͞oSH(ə)n/ /ˌˈkoʊˈiv(ə)ˌluʃ(ə)n/


  • The influence of closely associated species on each other in their evolution.

    ‘This would add greatly to our knowledge of natural selection and co-evolution in plant-pathogen populations.’
    • ‘Several types of co-evolution have been described in the literature about evolution, including mutualism, character displacement and host-pathogen evolution.’
    • ‘Recent work shows that these theorems don't hold in the case of co-evolution, when two or more species evolve in response to one another.’
    • ‘The co-evolution of plant surfaces and insect pads results from a competition between insect attachment systems and plant anti-attachment surfaces.’
    • ‘Because of this long period of co-evolution, dogs are the most attuned of animals to our own species needs and ways of living.’