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polygeny

Syllabification: po·lyg·e·ny
Pronunciation: /pəˈlijənē
 
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Definition of polygeny in English:

noun

The theory (not now generally held) that humans evolved from several independent pairs of ancestors. Compare with polygenesis.
Example sentences
  • Presentations such as those in the Natural History of the Mammals provided fuel for the fire of polygeny.
  • Although both monogeny and polygeny started out with an appeal to religious doctrine, polygeny was the far weaker of the two, because the idea of separate origins went against scripture.

Words that rhyme with polygeny

aborigine, polygyny

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