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Word: circuitous

Definition: roundabout


Sentences Containing 'circuitous'

In this case its affinities to the other fourteen new species will be of a curious and circuitous nature.
Yet he who objected to consider as intermediate the extinct genera, which thus link together the living genera of three families, would be partly justified, for they are intermediate, not directly, but only by a long and circuitous course through many widely different forms.
Extinct forms are seldom directly intermediate between existing forms; but are intermediate only by a long and circuitous course through other extinct and different forms.
For the common progenitor of a whole family, now broken up by extinction into distinct groups and subgroups, will have transmitted some of its characters, modified in various ways and degrees, to all the species; and they will consequently be related to each other by circuitous lines of affinity of various lengths (as may be seen in the diagram so often referred to), mounting up through many predecessors.
On these same principles we see how it is that the mutual affinities of the forms within each class are so complex and circuitous.

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