What does polyphyletic mean?

Definitions for polyphyletic
ˌpɒl i faɪˈlɛt ɪkpo·ly·phylet·ic

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word polyphyletic.


  1. polyphyleticadjective

    Having multiple ancestral sources; referring to a taxon that does not contain the most recent common ancestor of its members.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polyphyleticadjective

    pertaining to, or characterized by, descent from more than one root form, or from many different root forms; polygenetic; -- opposed to monophyletic

  2. Etymology: [Poly- + Gr. clan.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Polyphyletic

    pol-i-fī-let′ik, adj. pertaining to many tribes or families: pertaining to the theory that animals are derived from several sources.


  1. Polyphyletic

    derived or descended from several stems or sources.

How to pronounce polyphyletic?

How to say polyphyletic in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polyphyletic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polyphyletic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Translations for polyphyletic

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for polyphyletic »


Find a translation for the polyphyletic definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"polyphyletic." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/polyphyletic>.

Discuss these polyphyletic definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for polyphyletic? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player
    • A. lucubrate
    • B. suffuse
    • C. descant
    • D. caddie

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for polyphyletic: