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Polytomous key

Definition

noun

A reference tool consisting of three or more characters at each branching point for use in identifying species.


Supplement

Word origin: poly- (many) + New Latin -tomia, from Greek -tomiā, from tomos, a cutting, from temnein, to cut.

Compare: dichotomous key


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