polyphyletic

adjective poly·phy·let·ic \ ˌpä-lē-(ˌ)fī-ˈle-tik \

Definition of polyphyletic

: of, relating to, or derived from more than one ancestral stock; specifically : relating to or being a taxonomic group that includes members (such as genera or species) from different ancestral lineages

polyphyletically

play \ˌpä-lē-(ˌ)fī-ˈle-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of polyphyletic

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek polyphylos of many tribes, from poly- + phylē tribe — more at phyl-


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polyphyletic

adjective poly·phy·let·ic \ ˌpäl-i-(ˌ)fī-ˈlet-ik \

medical Definition of polyphyletic

: of or relating to more than one stock; specifically : derived from more than one ancestral line

polyphyletically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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