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June 12th, 2018

Word of the Day 06/12/18 Atavism

Atavism (noun)
atavism [at-uh-viz-uh m]


noun
1. Biology.
a. the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
b. an individual embodying such a reversion
2. reversion to an earlier type; throwback.

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Origin: 1825–35; < Latin atav(us) remote ancestor (at-, akin to atta familiar name for a grandfather + avus grandfather, forefather) + -ism

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