from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The single physical example (or illustration) of an organism, known to be used when the taxon was formally described.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A particular individual selected as the type of a species, or the only specimen known at the time of publication of the species.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made
holo- + -type (Wiktionary)