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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, conditions unique to the descendant species of a clade, and not found in earlier ancestral species.
  • adj. Possessing features believed to be more advanced or improved than those other organisms.
  • adj. product of derivation
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of derive.

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  • adj. formed or developed from something else; not original


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  • They appear to be sigils, a term derived from the Latin sigilum, which means ‘seal.’

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  • Diva is the term derived from the Latin word “divus”, “a divine one”, and in its original use described a woman of exceptional talent, more specifically a great female opera singer.

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  • Before correctly spelling "hierarchy," for example, 12-year-old Abigail Spitzer of El Paso, Texas, asked the judges whether the word derived from the Greek root "hieros," meaning sacred.

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  • When he is not on stage, Ronnie teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and performs with the Duzan Ensemble, his fusion band Lamajamal - a name derived from the Arabic word for ‘beauty’ - and with the punk circus marching band called Mucca Pazza.

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  • The first shomrim, a word derived from the Hebrew word for "guard," was established in Brooklyn in the early 1980s.

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  • Veronica is a name derived from the Latin word veritas, for ‘truth,’ and icon for ‘image.’

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  • The term derived from broue, a word in the langue saintongeaise related to the French boue, a muddy mix of water and clay.

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  • Not the current Robin Williams-Danny DeVito epic, in which “Smoochy” is a fuchsia rhinoceros the name derived from the German dialect verb schmutzen, “to kiss”; in American slang, the noun smooch now refers to any good-humored, occasionally wet expression of affection.

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  • Metaphysics is a word derived from the Greek word meta, meaning “going beyond” and physikos, meaning “of the physical plane.”


  • When he looked up the definition of “crozier” also spelled “crosier”, he discovered that the word derived from the old French, “crossier,” for “staff bearer.”

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