1. neoteny

noun. ['niːˈɑːtəni'] an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species.


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Words that Rhyme with Neoteny

  • paleobotany
  • monotony
  • botany

Example sentences of the word neoteny

1. Noun, singular or mass
Some mature while retaining their juvenile characteristics – a phenomenon called neoteny.