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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of two or more specimens cited by the author of a name of a species or subspecies when no single specimen was selected as the holotype.
  • n. One of two or more specimens simultaneously selected as types by the original author of a name of a species or subspecies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several specimens selected as types for the name of a species

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the nomenclature of types in natural history, any specimen of the original series (from which a species has been described and named) when there is no holotype: same as cotype.

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