Variant of atavism
- appearance in an individual of some characteristic found in a remote ancestor but not in nearer ancestors
- such a characteristic
- an individual with such a characteristicalso atavist
Origin: French atavisme ; from Classical Latin atavus, father of a great-grandfather, ancestor ; from at-, beyond plush avus, grandfather ; from Indo-European an unverified form ati, beyond plush an unverified form awos, maternal grandfather
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