polytene

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌtiːn) /

adjective

denoting a type of giant-size chromosome consisting of many replicated genes in parallel, found esp in Drosophila larvae

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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Word Origin for polytene

C20: from poly- + Greek taenia band
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