monogenesis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mono- +‎ -genesis

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɒnəˈd͡ʒɛnəsɪs/

Noun[edit]

monogenesis (uncountable)

  1. (anthropology) The theory that mankind originated with a single ancestor or ancestral couple.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin, published 2004, page 248:
      Some held that negritude was a product of living under the tropical sun, a perhaps beneficial adaptation to a fierce climate – an environmentalist solution chiming with monogenesis and Lockean malleability models.
  2. (linguistics) The theory that all languages, or a particular set of languages, originated from a single source.
  3. The emergence from a single cause.

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