See vicariant.


vicariance ‎(plural vicariances)

  1. (biology) The separation of a group of organisms by a geographic barrier, resulting in differentiation of the original group into new varieties or species
  2. (geology) The geological event which produces such a barrier (volcano, earthquake, etc)
  3. (psychology, colloquial) The act of experiencing an event by proxy through an empathic link with the person who is experiencing the event firsthand.
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