mono·​gen·​e·​sis ˌmä-nə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce monogenesis (audio)
: origin of diverse individuals or kinds (as of language) by descent from a single ancestral individual or kind

Examples of monogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For over two centuries there has been a debate in the West between monogenesis and polygenesis . Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 Dec. 2011

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monogenesis was in 1857

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“Monogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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