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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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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)
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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?
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Views: 1240

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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Re: Which animal is this?

Hi guys, I went fishing last night with some mates off a wharf near Mosman in Sydney, Australia. I caught this thing in the picture below and I am very curious to find out what it is. It was alive, about 6 inches long, and parts of it glowed in ...

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by bone
Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:44 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Which animal is this?
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Re: Why do Africans have large noses and lips?

rswils:Not about beauty? Attractive mates exist in all cultures. Question was, what survival use necessitated large, broad noses, thick lips for only some tribes of Africa, Melasia, Alaskan Eskimos, Siberian Mongol, some Australian aborigines? ...

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by jelpmac
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Why do Africans have large noses and lips?
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