synapomorphy

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noun syn·ap·o·mor·phy \(ˌ)si-ˈna-pə-ˌmȯr-fē\

Definition of synapomorphy

plural

synapomorphies

  1. :  a character or trait that is shared by two or more taxonomic groups and is derived through evolution from a common ancestral form

Origin and Etymology of synapomorphy

International Scientific Vocabulary syn- + apomorphy derived evolutionary trait or feature (from apo- + -morphy)


First Known Use: 1965


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