synapomorphy


syn·ap·o·mor·phy

noun \(ˌ)si-ˈna-pə-ˌmr-fē\
plural syn·ap·o·mor·phies

Definition of SYNAPOMORPHY

:  a character or trait that is shared by two or more taxonomic groups and is derived through evolution from a common ancestral form

Origin of SYNAPOMORPHY

International Scientific Vocabulary syn- + apomorphy derived evolutionary trait or feature (from apo- + -morphy)
First Known Use: 1965

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