n. pl. phy·log·e·nies
1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or trait of a species or of a higher taxonomic grouping of organisms: the phylogeny of Calvin cycle enzymes. Also called phylogenesis.
2. A model or diagram delineating such an evolutionary history: a molecular phylogeny of the annelids.
3. A similar model or diagram delineating the development of a cultural feature.
phy′lo·genic (-jĕnĭk) adj.
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