zeitgeber
[ tsahyt-gey-ber ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
1950s; German from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’
Synonyms
  • environmental cue
  • instinct
Definition
an environmental cue, as the length of daylight or the degree of temperature, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism's biological clock
Example
The water temperature is a zeitgeber for the migration pattern of the blue whale.
Usage Over Time

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