American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having several variant forms, especially subspecies or varieties.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as polytypical.
- poly- + typ(e) + -ic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So right now things are undecided, and Chelydra may or may not turn out to be polytypic.”
“Thirty-one bird species are polytypic on the island.”
“One of your remarks I do not see the bearing of under your point of view -- namely, that in monotypic genera "the variation and variability" are "much more frequently noticed" than in polytypic genera.”
“A new polytypic species of the genus Uromastyx Merrem 1820 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae: Leiolepidinae) from southwestern Arabia - Thomas M. Wilms and Andreas Schmitz”
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