cladistics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
cla·​dis·​tics | \ klə-ˈdi-stiks How to pronounce cladistics (audio) , kla- \

Definition of cladistics

: 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

Other Words from cladistics

cladist \ ˈkla-​dist How to pronounce cladist (audio) , ˈklā-​ How to pronounce cladist (audio) \ noun
cladistic \ klə-​ˈdi-​stik How to pronounce cladistic (audio) , kla-​ \ adjective
cladistically \ klə-​ˈdi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cladistically (audio) , kla-​ \ adverb

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Cladistics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cladistics. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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