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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a reappearance of an earlier characteristic;
[syn: atavism, reversion, throwback]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Atavism \At"a*vism\, n. [L. atavus an ancestor, fr. avus a grandfather.] 1. (a) The recurrence, or a tendency to a recurrence, of the original type of a species in the progeny of its varieties; resemblance to remote rather than to near ancestors; reversion to the original form. (b) (Biol.) The recurrence of any peculiarity or disease of an ancestor in a subsequent generation, after an intermission for a generation or two. [1913 Webster] Now and then there occur cases of what physiologists call atavism, or reversion to an ancestral type of character. --J. Fiske [1913 Webster] 2. recurrence of or reversion to a past style, outlook, approach, or manner. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

atavism n 1: a reappearance of an earlier characteristic [syn: atavism, reversion, throwback]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

66 Moby Thesaurus words for "atavism": Mnemosyne, aboriginality, affect memory, age, ancien regime, ancientness, anterograde memory, antiquity, backset, backward deviation, cobwebs of antiquity, collective memory, computer memory, disk memory, drum memory, dust of ages, eld, elderliness, eldership, emotional response, engram, falling back, great age, hoary age, hoary eld, information storage, inveteracy, kinesthetic memory, lapse, memory, memory bank, memory circuit, memory trace, mind, mneme, old age, old order, old style, oldness, primitiveness, primogeniture, primordialism, primordiality, race memory, recollection, recrudescence, recurrence, regression, relapse, remembrance, renewal, return, reversal, reverse, reversion, screen memory, senility, seniority, setback, skill, souvenir, tape memory, throwback, venerableness, verbal response, visual memory