ar·ti·fi·cial adj \ˌärt-ə-ˈfish-əl\
: humanly contrived often on a natural model <an artificial limb>
: based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <an artificial key for identification of a group of organisms>
—ar·ti·fi·cial·ly \-ˈfish-(ə-)lē\ adverb
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