Kal·​li·​kak | \ ˈkaləˌkak \
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Definition of Kallikak

: a stupid person rubber masks by means of which an ordinary citizen can transform himself into demon, witch … Kallikak, bumpkin— Bernard Wolfe — compare jukes

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History and Etymology for Kallikak

Kallikak, fictitious name of a family having one branch consisting mainly of intelligent and successful persons and another branch containing a large proportion of mentally deficient and immoral persons that was studied by H. H. Goddard †1957 American psychologist, from Greek kalli- calli- + kak- cac-

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“Kallikak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kallikak. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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