Ar·​ten·​kreis | \ ˈärtᵊnˌkrīs \
plural Artenkreise\ -​īzə \ or Artenkreises\ -​īsə̇z \

Definition of Artenkreis

: a group of species that replace one another in geographic sequence, presumably trace ultimately to a common ancestral form, and are equivalent as a group to a subgenus

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History and Etymology for Artenkreis

German, literally, cycle of species, from arten (plural of art species, kind, type, nature, from Middle High German) + kreis cycle, circle, from Old High German kreiz; akin to Middle Low German kreit, krēt circle, enclosed dueling space, Old High German krizzōn to scratch in (as letters), krazzōn to scratch

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“Artenkreis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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