syn·​ap·​o·​mor·​phy (ˌ)si-ˈna-pə-ˌmȯr-fē How to pronounce synapomorphy (audio)
plural synapomorphies
: a character or trait that is shared by two or more taxonomic groups and is derived through evolution from a common ancestral form

Word History


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

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synapomorphy was in 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Synapomorphy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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