diphyletic

[dahy-fahy-let-ik]

adjective Biology.

of or relating to a taxonomic group of organisms derived from two separate ancestral lines.

Origin of diphyletic

First recorded in 1900–05; di-1 + phyletic
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British Dictionary definitions for diphyletic

diphyletic

adjective

relating to or characterized by descent from two ancestral groups of animals or plants
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