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1. See atavism.
2. One that has characteristics of an earlier time: a song that is a throwback to the big-band era.
a. a person, animal, or plant that has the characteristics of an earlier or more primitive type
b. a reversion to such an organism
1. (Biology) (intr) to revert to an earlier or more primitive type
2. (foll by: on) to force to depend (on): the crisis threw her back on her faith in God.
1. an act of throwing back.
2. a setback or check.
4. an example of this.
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|Noun||1.||throwback - an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism|
|2.||throwback - a reappearance of an earlier characteristic|
|Adj.||1.||throwback - characteristic of an atavist|
regressive - opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state