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The paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odour, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in south America.

Origin: sp.

1. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.

2. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.

3. A suitable companion; a match; an equal. Ye knew me once no mate For you; there sitting where you durst not soar. (Milton)

4. An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, masters mate; surgeons mate.

Origin: perhaps for older make a companion; cf. Also od. Maet companion, mate, D. Maat. Cf. Make a companion, match a mate.

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Could Hardy-Weinberg terminology be more precise?

... reproduce, and subsidiarily whether individuals survive. In contrast, mate selection concerns not only whether , but also with whom an individaul mates. Gene flow too concerns the 'with whom' question of mating, and it describes another way in which individuals can come and go without actually ...

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by wildfunguy
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could Hardy-Weinberg terminology be more precise?
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... they are helpful. Point 2: Evolutionary mechanism is called natural selection. What it means - if none of the hairy individuals are unable to find mates at some point, only then hair within population would disappear. Point 3: As of right now, we are fully capable of growing hair all over our bodies. ...

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by Cat
Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Can human body hair disappear as a result of... clothing?
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Views: 1465

Brain size=IQ level theory (Blacks vs Whites & Asians)

... say, this is controlled for if the non-identical twins are always the same skin color too, which is usually the case since people usually select mates of roughly the same color. There could however still be a small effect on the study results. My post before the last post was somewhat superficial. ...

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by wildfunguy
Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Brain size=IQ level theory (Blacks vs Whites & Asians)
Replies: 75
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Is incest avoidance selected for?

Mice use pheromones to help select the least-related potential mates.

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by Darby
Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is incest avoidance selected for?
Replies: 2
Views: 1959

Evolution of fireflies

... active at night, since there are fewer predators, so an individual that could show his bright abdomen at night (or dusk) would be able to attract mates for a longer period and may have avoided daylight predators. Then, as with many of these kinds of traits, an arms race developed - the brightest ...

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by thoffnagle
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of fireflies
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Views: 3410
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