[muh-noj-uh-niz-uh m]


the theory that the human race has descended from a single pair of individuals or a single ancestral type.

Nearby words

  1. monogamy,
  2. monogenean,
  3. monogenesis,
  4. monogenetic,
  5. monogenic,
  6. monogenous,
  7. monogeny,
  8. monoglot,
  9. monoglot ,
  10. monoglyceride

Origin of monogenism

First recorded in 1860–65; mono- + -gen + -ism

Related formsmo·nog·e·nist, nounmo·nog·e·nis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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The theory that all human beings are descended from a single pair of ancestors.

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