from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The uncapitalized Latin adjective or noun that follows a capitalized genus name in binomial nomenclature and serves to distinguish a species from others in the same genus, as saccharum in Acer saccharum (sugar maple). Also called trivial name.
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- n. The second (uncapitalized) word in the scientific name of a species, following the name of the genus.
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