Definition of paraphyletic in English:


Line breaks: para|phy¦let¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌparəfʌɪˈlɛtɪk


  • (Of a group of organisms) descended from a common evolutionary ancestor or ancestral group, but not including all the descendant groups.
    More example sentences
    • In fact, it is possible that the group is paraphyletic; the last common ancestor of all polymerid trilobites may also have been ancestral to the agnostids as well.
    • These taxa together form a paraphyletic group at the base of the clade of biramous arthropods.
    • To represent this, we have used multiple lines drawn to paraphyletic groups in the cladogram above.

More definitions of paraphyletic

Definition of paraphyletic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody