homophyly

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

noun, plural ho·moph·y·lies.

a resemblance due to common ancestry.

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Origin of homophyly

First recorded in 1880–85; from Greek homophylía “sameness of race or stock”; equivalent to homó-, stem of homós “one and the same” + phȳl(ē) “tribe” + -ía, noun suffix; see homo-, -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM homophyly

ho·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 forms of homophyly

homophyllic (ˌhəʊməˈfɪlɪk, ˌhɒm-), adjective

Word Origin for homophyly

C19: from Greek, from homo- + phylum
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Scientific definitions for homophyly

homophyly
[ hōmə-fī′lē, hŏm′ə-, hō-mŏfə-lē ]

Resemblance arising from common ancestry.
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