[ tsahyt-gey-ber ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
1950s; German from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’
  • environmental cue
  • instinct
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
The water temperature is a zeitgeber for the migration pattern of the blue whale.
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