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spontaneous generation

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See abiogenesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the fancied production of living organisms without previously existing parents from inorganic matter, or from decomposing organic matter, a notion which at one time had many supporters; abiogenesis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Generation.
  • n. the fancied production of living organisms without previously existing parents from inorganic matter, or from decomposing organic matter, a notion which at one time had many supporters; abiogenesis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter

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