formenkreis

noun

for·​men·​kreis
ˈfȯrmənˌkrīs
plural formenkreise
-īzə
or formenkreises
-īsə̇z
: a polytypic species (as of birds)

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formenkreis. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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