formenkreis

noun for·men·kreis \ˈfȯrmənˌkrīs\

Definition of formenkreis

plural

formenkreise

\-īzə\ or

formenkreises

\-īsə̇z\
  1. :  a polytypic species (as of birds)

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Origin and Etymology of formenkreis

German, literally, cycle of forms, from formen, plural of form (from Middle High German forme, from Latin forma) + kreis circle, cycle — more at form, artenkreis


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