deme

[ deem ]
/ dim /

noun

one of the administrative divisions of ancient Attica and of modern Greece.
Biology. a local population of organisms of the same kind, especially one in which the genetic mix is similar throughout the group.

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Origin of deme

First recorded in 1620–30, deme is from the Greek word dêmos a district, the people, commons

OTHER WORDS FROM deme

dem·ic [dem-ik, dee-mik], /ˈdɛm ɪk, ˈdi mɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deme

deme
/ (diːm) /

noun

  1. (in preclassical Greece) the territory inhabited by a tribe
  2. (in ancient Attica) a geographical unit of local government
biology a group of individuals within a species that possess particular characteristics of cytology, genetics, etc

Word Origin for deme

C19: from Greek dēmos district in local government, the populace
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Scientific definitions for deme

deme
[ dēm ]

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. See also population.
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