What does atavistic mean?

atavistic meaning in General Dictionary

showing faculties of a previous social period or of a previous ancestral type displaying atavism

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  • attribute of an atavist

atavistic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"pertaining to atavism," 1847; see atavism + -ic.

Sentence Examples with the word atavistic

Except in some of the Stegocephalia, there are only four functional digits in the manus, but the Ecaudata have a more or less distinct rudiment of pollex; in the Caudata it seems to be the outer digit which has been suppresssed, as atavistic reappearance of a fifth digit takes place on the outer side of the manus, as it does on the pes in those forms in which the toes are reduced to four.

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