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

Other Words from polyphyletic

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

First Known Use of polyphyletic

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

Other Words from polyphyletic

polyphyletically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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