One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to polygenesis; having more than one origin or source.
- ‘Anderson was a great proponent of the historical-geographical method of collection and analysis which typified the Finnish school, accepting the idea of a single origin for each tale type, rather than arguing for a polygenetic origin.’
- ‘Various theories have been proposed to account for the origin of pidgin languages, and fall into three broad types: monogenetic, polygenetic, and universalist.’
- ‘A genetic model describing polygenetic and monogenetic factors for the inheritance of the osteochondral disease (so-called mixed-inheritance model) was used to detect the presence of a major gene in the inheritance of OC in pigs.’
- ‘Calling the ‘despisers of their fellow men’ ‘monsters,’ he asserts the deviance of both racism and of the polygenetic view of the human species.’
- ‘This scientific vision of parallel and unequal ‘races’ is part of the polygenetic argument about the definition of ‘race’ within the scientific culture of the eighteenth century.’
- 1.1Geology Denoting or originating from a volcano that has erupted several times.
- ‘The core material preserves diverse structures testifying to its polygenetic origin and an evolution from a hydrostatic to a tectonic stress-dominated environment.’
- ‘These are characteristically formed of polygenetic intermediate volcanoes and may include both basaltic and more silicic volcanoes that have emerged during various times in their life history.’
- ‘Paleocene and Eocene sediments were deposited on a polygenetic sub-Paleogene surface.’
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