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homoplasy

[ huh-mop-luh-see, hoh-muh-plas-ee, -pley-see, hom-uh- ]
/ həˈmɒp lə si, ˈhoʊ məˌplæs i, -ˌpleɪ si, ˈhɒm ə- /
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noun Biology.

correspondence in form or structure, owing to a similar environment.

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Origin of homoplasy

First recorded in 1865–70; homo- + -plasy

OTHER WORDS FROM homoplasy

ho·mo·plas·tic [hoh-muh-plas-tik, hom-uh-], /ˌhoʊ məˈplæs tɪk, ˌhɒm ə-/, adjective
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