• WordNet 3.6
    • n palingenesis emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palingenesis A new birth; a re-creation; a regeneration; a continued existence in different manner or form.
    • Palingenesis (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.
    • Palingenesis 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 palingenesis A new or second birth or production; the state of being born again; regeneration.
    • n palingenesis In mod. biol., hereditary evolution, as distinguished from kenogenesis or vitiated evolution; ontogenesis true to heredity, not modified by adaptation; the “breeding true” of an individual organism with reference to its pedigree; the development of the individual according to the character of its lineage. See biogeny. Sometimes called palingeny.
    • n palingenesis The supposed production of animals either from a preëxistent living organism, on which they are parasites, or from putrescent animal matter.
    • n palingenesis In entomology, metaboly or metamorphosis; the entire transformation of an insect, or transition from one state to another, in each of which the insect has a different form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palingenesis pal-in-jen′e-sis a new birth or a second creation: regeneration: the development of an individual germ in which it repeats that of its ancestors: the recurrence of historical events in the same order in an infinite series of cycles—also Pal′ingeny, Palingē′sia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; pa`lin again + birth: cf. F. palingénésie,. See Genesis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. palin, again, genesis, birth.


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