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polygenesis

[pol-ee-jen-uh-sis] /ˌpɒl iˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
noun, Biology, Anthropology
1.
origin from more than one ancestral species or line.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; poly- + -genesis
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British Dictionary definitions for polygenesis

polygenesis

/ˌpɒlɪˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/
noun
1.
(biology) evolution of a polyphyletic organism or group
2.
the hypothetical descent of the different races of man from different ultimate ancestors
Compare monogenesis
Derived Forms
polygenetic (ˌpɒlɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
polygenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for polygenesis
n.

"plurality of origins," 1858, from poly- + genesis. Related: Polygenetic (1851).

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