Word of the Day – Mar. 30 – Atavism

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Noun: Atavism (AT-uh-viz-um)


1. A recurrence in an organism of a trait or character typical of an ancestral form and usually due to genetic recombination.

2. Recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, approach or activity.

3. One that manifests atavism: a throwback.

Sample sentence: An example of atavism would be the appearance of reptilian teeth in a mutant chicken.

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