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polygenism

[puh-lij-uh-niz-uh m] /pəˈlɪdʒ əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
the theory that the human race has descended from two or more ancestral types.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; poly- + -gen(y) + -ism
Related forms
polygenist, noun, adjective
polygenistic, adjective
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