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saltation

[ sal-tey-shuhn ]
/ sælˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun
a dancing, hopping, or leaping movement.
an abrupt movement or transition.
Geology. intermittent, leaping movement of particles of sand or gravel, as from the force of wind or running water.
Biology.
  1. a sudden discontinuity in a line of descent.
  2. a mutation.
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Origin of saltation

1640–50; <Latin saltātiōn- (stem of saltātiō) a dancing, equivalent to saltāt(us) (past participle of saltāre;see saltant) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM saltation

sal·ta·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for saltation

saltation
/ (sælˈteɪʃən) /

noun
biology an abrupt variation in the appearance of an organism, species, etc, usually caused by genetic mutation
geology the leaping movement of sand or soil particles carried in water or by the wind
a sudden abrupt movement or transition

Word Origin for saltation

C17: from Latin saltātiō a dance, from saltāre to leap about
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Scientific definitions for saltation

saltation
[ săl-tāshən, sôl- ]

A single mutation that drastically alters the phenotype.
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