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atavic

[uh-tav-ik] /əˈtæv ɪk/
adjective
1.
Origin of atavic
1865-1870
1865-70; atav(ism) + -ic, modeled on French atavique
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  • With atavic cunning he sat upon the outside and waited for the triumph of death.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
Word Origin and History for atavic
adj.

"pertaining to a remote ancestor," 1866, from Latin atavus "ancestor" (see atavism) + -ic.

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