phylogeny

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phylo- +‎ -geny

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phylogeny (plural phylogenies)

  1. (systematics) The evolutionary history of groups of organisms, such as species or clades.
  2. (systematics, informal) A phylogenetic diagram.
  3. The historical development of a human social or racial group.
    Understanding the phylogeny of this musical group helps us understand its music.
  4. The historical development of any thing, idea, etc.
    • 2010, The Journey of Child Development (ISBN 0203856856):
      Indeed, in a recent review article, Mithen (2009) traces the phylogeny of human communication []

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  • phylogeny in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911