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[fahy-let-ik] /faɪˈlɛt ɪk/

adjective, Biology.
of, relating to, or based on the evolutionary history of a group of organisms; phylogenetic.
of or relating to the evolution of a species or group of organisms

“racial, pertaining to race,” 1873, probably coined in German from Greek phyletikos “of one’s tribe,” from phyletes “fellow tribesman,” from phyle (see phylo-).


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