GRE Word List

ATAVISM

resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic

The meaning of the word atavism is resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic.

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crevicecrack; fissure
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