homoplasmy

Homoplasmy

Ho"mo*plas`my\, n. [Homo- + Gr. ? anything formed, fr. ? to form, mold.] (Biol.) Resemblance between different plants or animals, in external shape, in general habit, or in organs, which is not due to descent from a common ancestor, but to similar surrounding circumstances.
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