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faɪˈlɒdʒ ə niphy·loge·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evolution, organic evolution, phylogeny, phylogenesisnoun

    (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms


  1. phylogenynoun

    The evolutionary history of an organism.

    The phylogeny of this starfish provides an understanding of its distribution.

  2. phylogenynoun

    A phylogenetic diagram.

  3. phylogenynoun

    The historical development of a human social or racial group

    Understanding the phylogeny of this musical group helps us understand its music.

  4. Etymology: From φῦλον + γένεια


  1. phylogeny

    A phylogenetic tree (also phylogeny or evolutionary tree ) is a branching diagram or a tree showing the evolutionary relationships among various biological species or other entities based upon similarities and differences in their physical or genetic characteristics. All life on Earth is part of a single phylogenetic tree, indicating common ancestry. In a rooted phylogenetic tree, each node with descendants represents the inferred most recent common ancestor of those descendants, and the edge lengths in some trees may be interpreted as time estimates. Each node is called a taxonomic unit. Internal nodes are generally called hypothetical taxonomic units, as they cannot be directly observed. Trees are useful in fields of biology such as bioinformatics, systematics, and phylogenetics. Unrooted trees illustrate only the relatedness of the leaf nodes and do not require the ancestral root to be known or inferred.


  1. phylogeny

    Phylogeny refers to the evolutionary history and relationships among individuals or groups of organisms. These relationships are discovered through genetic, morphological, and biochemical comparisons, often represented visually as a phylogenetic tree or diagram.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phylogenynoun

    the history of genealogical development; the race history of an animal or vegetable type; the historic exolution of the phylon or tribe, in distinction from ontogeny, or the development of the individual organism, and from biogenesis, or life development generally

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Phylogeny

    fī-loj′e-ni, n. a biological term applied to the evolution or genealogical history of a race or tribe—also Phylogen′esis.—adv. Phylogenet′ically.—adjs. Phylogen′ic, Phylogenet′ic. [Gr. phylon, race, genesis, origin.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Phylogeny

    The relationships of groups of organisms as reflected by their genetic makeup.


  1. Phylogeny

    the development of a genus, family, tribe or class: see ontogeny.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phylogeny in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phylogeny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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