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  1. Biology. relating to or exhibiting polygenesis.
  2. having many or several different sources of origin.
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Origin of polygenetic

First recorded in 1860–65; poly- + -genetic
Related formspol·y·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for polygenetic

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  • In the case of the polygenetic class, the idea is necessarily twofold.

    The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing

    Watson Smith

  • This condition makes it appear quite possible that the family may be polygenetic.

    Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6

    Bruce Fink and Leafy J. Corrington

  • The polygenetic emergence of writing is, in itself, significant in several ways.

  • We may consider them as colour-giving principles, and so we term them polygenetic colours.

  • In the various colours and dyes we have all phases, and the monogenetic shades almost imperceptibly into the polygenetic.