apomorphic

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apomorphy +‎ -ic

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apomorphic (comparative more apomorphic, superlative most apomorphic)

  1. (taxonomy, of a characteristic) Distinguishing an organism or taxon from others that share the same ancestor
    The possession of cilia is an apomorphic trait of this family.
  2. (taxonomy, of a taxon) Distinguished by such characteristics
    The genus is highly apomorphic.

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