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tree of life

Syllabification: tree of life

Definition of tree of life in English:

noun

1 (Tree of Life) (In the Bible) a tree in the Garden of Eden whose fruit imparts eternal life (Gen. 3:22-24).
1.1An imaginary branching, treelike structure representing the evolutionary divergence of all living creatures.
Example sentences
  • The effort to produce a Tree of Life - a ‘correct and verifiable family tree’ of all life, both living and extinct - is unquestionably big science.
  • Thanks to collaboration among systematists to resolve the avian tree of life, large morphological and molecular character matrices for neornithine birds are nearing completion.
  • Major episodes of gene duplication occurred at the base of the tree of life, in the ancestor of vertebrates, and again in the ancestor of teleost fishes, in plants, and in other eukaryotes such as yeast.
1.2(In cabalism) a diagram in the form of a tree bearing spheres that represent the sephiroth.

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