One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The exact reproduction of ancestral characteristics in ontogenesis.
- ‘In a process the philosopher Ernst Cassirer, in his Essay on Man, called palingenesis, the past is recreated as a living organism in which every separate element is connected.’
- ‘There was no obvious palingenesis bone shown in. the X-ray images.’
- ‘Palingenesis has been used for the exact reproduction of ancestral features by inheritance.’
Early 19th century: from Greek palin ‘again’ + genesis ‘birth’.
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