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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co.

acquired trait: A phenotypic characteristic, acquired during growth and development, that is not genetically based and therefore cannot be passed on to the next generation (for example, the large muscles of a weightlifter).

adaptation: Any heritable characteristic of an organism that improves its ability to survive and reproduce in its environment.

Also used to describe the process of genetic change within a population, as influenced by natural selection.

The 2016 presidential election has been called “such epic ugliness” (by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni), “the worst election ever” (by Mother Jones) and “a horrifying glimpse at Satan’s Pinterest board” (by comedian and political commentator John Oliver).

Read More With today’s poisonous politics, it’s worth noting the passing at 87 last month of Josephine Regala Yadao De Luz, a former Hawaii island councilwoman who exemplified civility and class in public office.