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polygenesis

[pol-ee-jen-uh-sis]
noun Biology, Anthropology.
  1. origin from more than one ancestral species or line.
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Origin of polygenesis

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

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

n.

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

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