cladism

cladism

[klad-iz-uhm, kley-diz-]
noun Biology.
the cladistic method of classification.

Origin:
1965; clad- + -ism

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cladistics (kləˈdɪstɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) biology a method of grouping animals that makes use of lines of descent rather than structural similarities
 
[C20: New Latin, from Greek klādos branch, shoot]
 
cladism
 
n
 
cladist
 
n

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cladism
1966, from cladistic (1960), from Gk. klados "young branch, offshoot of a plant" (see holt).
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