One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an animal or species) tending to return to or remain near a particular site or area.
- ‘The dispersal of the juveniles differs from that of most other promiscuous or polygynous mammals, being female-biased with a fraction of males remaining philopatric.’
- ‘Like other waterfowl species, common goldeneye females are natal and breeding site philopatric.’
- ‘The fact that close inbreeding is rarely observed even in highly philopatric species suggests that animals have mechanisms to avoid breeding with close kin.’
- ‘Another problem is that philopatric and dispersing animals may often overlap in their distance moved because there is generally no clear shift in frequency distributions of distances moved.’
- ‘Most individuals are philopatric; they return to the area near where they hatched to breed.’
1940s: from philo- ‘liking’ + Greek patra ‘fatherland’ + -ic.
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