November 24, 2018
evolution (noun)
\ev-uh-LOO-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : a process of change in a certain direction; especially : a process of constant change from a lower or simple state to a higher or complex state : growth b : something evolved2 : the process of working out or developing3 a : the history of the development of a biological group (as a race or species) b : a theory that the various kinds of plants and animals are descended from other kinds that lived in earlier times and that the differences are due to inherited changes that took place over many generations
How do you use it?
On display at the museum were sketches that showed the evolution of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine.
Are you a word wiz?

How old do you think the word "evolution" is?

If you chose C, you have the measure of it! Though we associate "evolution" with Charles Darwin, the word predates his famous work, "Origin of the Species," by over 200 years. "Evolution" came into English around the same time that Galileo was defending the notion that the earth revolved around the sun--in the early 1600s. The English word comes from the Latin verb "evolvere," which means "to unroll," as if the story of how something progressed from one stage to another was on a scroll and you were unrolling it. Nowadays, "evolution" is not only used to refer to the famous theory, but is used more generally as well.
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