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adjective Biology.
  1. of, relating to, or based on the evolutionary history of a group of organisms; phylogenetic.
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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
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Related Words for phyletic

genetic, national, tribal, ancestral, folk, hereditary, genealogical, lineal, phyletic, phylogenetic

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Historical Examples of phyletic

  • This is true of both branches of evolution, individual and phyletic.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • The frogs in this phyletic line retained the moderate size of the prototype and did not develop additional dermal bone.

  • This phyletic line retained the larval characters and breeding call of the prototype.

  • All can be interpreted as embryonic survivals rather than as phyletic contractions.

  • The trend of phyletic development in the dipodomyines has been toward the saltatorial habit.

British Dictionary definitions for phyletic


phylogenetic (ˌfaɪləʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk)

  1. of or relating to the evolution of a species or group of organisms
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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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