• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palingenesy A new birth; a re-creation; a regeneration; a continued existence in different manner or form.
    • Palingenesy (Biol) That form of development of an individual organism in which in which ancestral characteristics occurring during its evolution are conserved by heredity and reproduced, sometimes transiently, in the course of individual development; original simple descent; -- distinguished from cenogenesis kenogenesis or coenogenesis), in which the mode of individual development has been modified so that the evolutionary process had become obscured. Sometimes, in zoölogy, the term is applied to the abrupt metamorphosis of insects, crustaceans, etc. See also the note under recapitulation.
    • Palingenesy The passing over of the soul of one person or animal into the body of another person or animal, at the time of the death of the first; the transmigration of souls. Called also metempsychosis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palingenesy Same as palingenesis.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; pa`lin again + birth: cf. F. palingénésie,. See Genesis


In literature:

Here we come to the theories of Ballance: do you know his Palingenesis?
"The Illustrious Gaudissart" by Honore de Balzac
It could not last long upon these terms, and again it passed away, and still waits its second palingenesis.
"Literary Friends And Acquaintances" by William Dean Howells
His Palingenesie sociale appeared in 1823-30.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
Here we come to the theories of Ballance: do you know his Palingenesis?
"Parisians in the Country" by Honore de Balzac
If we pass from India to Egypt, the land of mystery, we again find the world-wide doctrine of palingenesis hidden beneath the same veil.
"Reincarnation" by Th. Pascal
And the sad thing is that we won't have our palingenesis.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
The period was also one of palingenesis for our camels.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
By palingenesy these writers meant a certain chemical process by means of which a plant or an animal might be revived from its ashes.
"The Seven Follies of Science [2nd ed.]" by John Phin