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at·a·vism

 (ăt′ə-vĭz′əm)
n.
1. The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
2. An individual or a part that exhibits atavism. Also called throwback.
3. The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.

[French atavisme, from Latin atavus, ancestor : atta, father + avus, grandfather; see awo- in Indo-European roots.]

at′a·vist n.
at′a·vis′tic adj.
at′a·vis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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atavism

(ˈætəˌvɪzəm)
n
1. (Biology) the recurrence in a plant or animal of certain primitive characteristics that were present in an ancestor but have not occurred in intermediate generations
2. reversion to a former or more primitive type
[C19: from French atavisme, from Latin atavus strictly: great-grandfather's grandfather, probably from atta daddy + avus grandfather]
ˈatavist n
atavic adj
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at•a•vism

(ˈæt əˌvɪz əm)

n.
1.
a. the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
b. an individual embodying such a reversion.
2. reversion to an earlier type; throwback.
[1825–35; < Latin atav(us) remote ancestor (at-, akin to atta familiar name for a grandfather + avus grandfather, forefather) + -ism]
at′a•vist, n.
at`a•vis′tic, adj.
at`a•vis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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atavism

the reappearance in the present of a characteristic belonging to a remote ancestor. — atavist, n. — atavistic, adj.
See also: Ancestors
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.atavism - a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
recurrence, return - happening again (especially at regular intervals); "the return of spring"
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Translations
atavismus
atavismi
atavisme

atavism

[ˈætəvɪzəm] Natavismo m
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atavism

nAtavismus m
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at·a·vism

n. atavismo, reproducción de rasgos y características ancestrales.
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