homophyly

[ hoh-mof-uh-lee, hoh-muh-fil-lee, hom-uh- ]
/ hoʊˈmɒf ə li, ˈhoʊ məˌfɪl li, ˈhɒm ə- /

noun, plural ho·moph·y·lies.

a resemblance due to common ancestry.

Nearby words

  1. homophone,
  2. homophones,
  3. homophonic,
  4. homophonous,
  5. homophony,
  6. homoplastic,
  7. homoplastic graft,
  8. homoplasty,
  9. homoplasy,
  10. homoploid

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

homophyly

/ (hɒˈmɒfəlɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for homophyly

C19: from Greek, from homo- + phylum

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Science definitions for homophyly

homophyly

[ hōmə-fī′lē, hŏm′ə-, hō-mŏfə-lē ]

Resemblance arising from common ancestry.
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