supersister

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Etymology[edit]

super- +‎ sister

Noun[edit]

supersister (plural supersisters)

  1. (biology) Any of a set of sisters of a haplodiploid species (e.g. honeybee, or any Hymenoptera) who are daughters of the same queen that was inseminated by a single male (drone). By contrast, full sisters of a diploid species (e.g. humans) share a genetic coefficient of relatedness of 0.5. Supersisters share 0.75 relatedness.

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