polyphyletic

adjective
poly·​phy·​let·​ic | \ ˌpä-lē-(ˌ)fī-ˈle-tik How to pronounce polyphyletic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce polyphyletic (audio) \ 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyphyletic. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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polyphyletic

adjective
poly·​phy·​let·​ic | \ ˌpäl-i-(ˌ)fī-ˈlet-ik How to pronounce polyphyletic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce polyphyletic (audio) \ adverb

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