[ fahy-let-ik ]
/ faɪˈlɛt ɪk /

adjective Biology.

of, relating to, or based on the evolutionary history of a group of organisms; phylogenetic.

Origin of phyletic

1880–85; Greek phȳletikós pertaining to a tribesman, equivalent to phȳlét(ēs) tribesman (derivative of phȳ́lē phyle) + -ikos -ic
Related formsphy·let·i·cal·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phyletic


phylogenetic (ˌfaɪləʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk)

/ (faɪˈlɛtɪk) /


of or relating to the evolution of a species or group of organisms
Derived Formsphyletically or phylogenetically, adverb

Word Origin for phyletic

C19: from Greek phuletikos tribal
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Word Origin and History for phyletic



"racial, pertaining to race," 1873, probably coined in German from Greek phyletikos "of one's tribe," from phyletes "fellow tribesman," from phyle (see phylo-).

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