Dichotomy

(noun.)

1: a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities

the dichotomy between theory and practice

alsothe process or practice of making such a division dichotomy of the population into two opposed classes

2: something with seemingly contradictory qualities

3: the phase of the moon or an inferior planet in which half its disk appears illuminated


4a: BIFURCATION especiallyrepeated bifurcation (as of a plant’s stem)


b: a system of branching in which the main axis forks repeatedly into two branches

c: branching of an ancestral line into two equal diverging branches

Ernst Haekel, Family Tree Of Man, 1874 Poster



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