para·​phyletic | \ "+\

Definition of paraphyletic

: of, relating to, or being a taxonomic group that does not include all descendants of a common ancestor

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First Known Use of paraphyletic

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paraphyletic

para- entry 1 + phyletic

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