polygenism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From poly- + -genism.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pəˈlɪd͡ʒənɪzəm/

Noun[edit]

polygenism (uncountable)

  1. (ethnology) The belief that humans descended from more than one ancestral pair.
    • 2003: Such pigmental indelibility spelt polygenism for some: blacks formed a distinct species altogether, a separate creation. — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 248)