polyphyletic definition

  • adjective:
    • regarding or described as development from more than one ancestral type.
    • Having several ancestral resources; discussing a taxon that will not retain the latest common ancestor of their members.
    • with respect to, or described as, descent from more than one root type, or from many different root kinds; polygenetic; -- opposed to monophyletic.
  • others:
    • Pertaining to or based on a few phyla; having many different outlines of lineage: as, a polyphyletic source.
    • Of or with respect to the doctrine or principle that pets aren't monophyletic, but they are severally and particularly created, or at the least based on many different resources.

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