cla·dis·tics | \klə-ˈdis-tiks, 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, ˈklā- \ noun
cladistic \klə-ˈdis-tik, kla- \ adjective
cladistically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

First Known Use of cladistics

1965, in the meaning defined above

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