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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dimorphism  \Di*mor"phism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  dimorphisme.] 
  1.  (Biol.)  Difference  of  form  between  members  of  the  same 
  species,  as  when  a  plant  has  two  kinds  of  flowers,  both 
  hermaphrodite  (as  in  the  partridge  berry),  or  when  there 
  are  two  forms  of  one  or  both  sexes  of  the  same  species  of 
  butterfly. 
 
  Dimorphism  is  the  condition  of  the  appearance  of  the 
  same  species  under  two  dissimilar  forms.  --Darwin. 
 
  2.  (Crystallog.)  Crystallization  in  two  independent  forms  of 
  the  same  chemical  compound,  as  of  calcium  carbonate  as 
  calcite  and  aragonite. 




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