plural formenkreise
or formenkreises
: a polytypic species (as of birds)

Word History


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

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“Formenkreis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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