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monophyletic  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (mŏn'ō-fī-lět'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to a taxonomic group that contains all the descendants of a single common ancestor. All clades, such as birds and placental mammals, are monophyletic. Compare paraphyletic, polyphyletic.

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