polygenism

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From poly- + -genism.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pəˈlɪd͡ʒənɪzəm/

NounEdit

polygenism (uncountable)

  1. (ethnology) The belief that humans descended from more than one ancestral pair.
    • 2003: Such pigmental indelibility spelt polygenism for some: blacks formed a distinct species altogether, a separate creation. — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 248)
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