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polytheticpolythetisch (ger.)

  • Involving or sharing a number of common characteristics of a group or class, none of them essential for membership of the group or class in question. (OED 2012)
    Sneath, P.H.A. (1962). The construction of taxonomic groups. In: Microbial Classification, 12. Symposium, Society of General Microbiology, 289-332: 291; cf. Sokal, R.R. & Sneath, P.H.A. (1963). Principles of Numerical Taxonomy: 15; Mayr, E. (1969). Principles of Systematic Zoology: 83.