Etymology
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throwback (n.)

also throw-back, "reversion to an ancestral type or character," 1888, from throw (v.) + back (adv.); earlier it meant "a reverse in a course or progress, a relapse" (1856).

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Definitions of throwback
1
throwback (n.)
an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism;
Synonyms: atavist
throwback (n.)
a reappearance of an earlier characteristic;
Synonyms: atavism / reversion
2
throwback (adj.)
characteristic of an atavist;
Synonyms: atavistic
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