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[kal-i-kak] /ˈkæl ɪˌkæk/
the fictitious name of an actual family that was the focus of a sociological study: one branch of feeble-minded descendants were mostly social degenerates, while another branch with descendants of normal intelligence were mostly successful.
Compare Jukes.
Origin of Kallikak
< Greek kalli- calli- + kak- (see caco-) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have finished the Kallikak family and I am bursting with talk.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • The studies of the Edwards family on one hand and the so-called Kallikak family on the other, point to the same conclusion.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • If you are really hurt, I will read the Kallikak book; but I must tell you that you are working me to death.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Kallikak family, results of environment rather than heredity shown by, 249.

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