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cladistics

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noun plural but singular in construction cla·dis·tics \klə-ˈdis-tiks, kla-\

Definition of cladistics

  1. :  a system of biological taxonomy that defines taxa uniquely by shared characteristics not found in ancestral groups and uses inferred evolutionary relationships to arrange taxa in a branching hierarchy such that all members of a given taxon have the same ancestors

cladist

play \ˈkla-dist, ˈklā-\ noun

cladistic

play \klə-ˈdis-tik, kla-\ adjective

cladistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


1965

First Known Use of cladistics

1965


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