noun Biology, Anthropology.

origin from more than one ancestral species or line.

Origin of polygenesis

First recorded in 1860–65; poly- + -genesis
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Contemporary Examples of polygenesis

  • Polygenesis amounted to a justification for Europeans believing themselves essentially different from the rest of the species.

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    September 25, 2009

Historical Examples of polygenesis

British Dictionary definitions for polygenesis



biology evolution of a polyphyletic organism or group
the hypothetical descent of the different races of man from different ultimate ancestors
Compare monogenesis
Derived Formspolygenetic (ˌpɒlɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectivepolygenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for polygenesis

"plurality of origins," 1858, from poly- + genesis. Related: Polygenetic (1851).

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