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Of or relating to a group of organisms containing taxa descended from two different ancestral lines.
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(Biology) relating to or characterized by descent from two ancestral groups of animals or plants
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(ˌdaɪ faɪˈlɛt ɪk)

of or pertaining to a taxonomic group of organisms derived from two separate ancestral lines.
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The apparent independence of the two Triassic lineages has led to the suggestion that the two oyster families might be diphyletic (Stenzel 1971).
diphyletic) lineages within eastern and southern Africa.
A phylogenetic analysis based on nucleotide sequence of a marker linked to the Brittle Rachis Locus indicates a diphyletic origin of barley.