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adj. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things.


 - (Zool.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups. The term is applied chiefly to early fossil groups which have a combination of structures that appear in more fully developed or specialized forms in later groups. Synthetic, as used by Agassiz, is nearly synonymous.


Syn. - Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious.

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