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[hoh-mof-uh-lee, hoh-muh-fil-lee, hom-uh-]
noun, plural ho·moph·y·lies.
  1. a resemblance due to common ancestry.
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Related formsho·mo·phyl·ic [hoh-muh-fil-ik, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈfɪl ɪk, ˌhɒm ə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for homophyly


  1. resemblance due to common ancestry
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Derived Formshomophyllic (ˌhəʊməˈfɪlɪk, ˌhɒm-), adjective

Word Origin for homophyly

C19: from Greek, from homo- + phylum
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homophyly in Science


[hōmə-fī′lē, hŏm′ə-, hō-mŏfə-lē]
  1. Resemblance arising from common ancestry.
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