from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The specimen or illustration selected as the type of a species or subspecies when the original author of the name did not designate a type.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A biological specimen or illustration later selected to serve as definitive type example of a species or subspecies when the original author of the name did not designate a holotype.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the nomenclature of types in natural history, a syntype selected subsequently to the original description, to take the place which in other cases is occupied by a holotype.
From Greek lektos, chosen (from legein, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots) + type.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek λέκτος (léktos, "chosen"),from λέγειν (légein, "to choose") + τύπος (týpos, "blow, impression"). (Wiktionary)