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

Word History


para- entry 1 + phyletic

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paraphyletic was in 1965

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“Paraphyletic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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