the condition in which the males and females in a species are morphologically different, as with many birds.
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Origin of sexual dimorphism
First recorded in 1885–90
OTHER WORDS FROM sexual dimorphismsexually dimorphic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sexual dimorphism
biology differences in appearance between the males and females of a species
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Medical definitions for sexual dimorphism
The physical differences between male and female individuals that arise as a consequence of sexual maturation, including the secondary sex characteristics.
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