from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to or characterized by development from more than one ancestral type.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having multiple ancestral sources; referring to a taxon that does not contain the most recent common ancestor of its members.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or characterized by, descent from more than one root form, or from many different root forms; polygenetic; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or derived from several phyla; having several different lines of descent: as, a polyphyletic origin.
- Of or pertaining to the doctrine or theory that animals are not monophyletic, but are severally and specially created, or at least derived from many different sources.
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