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

  • n. A common or vernacular name as distinguished from a specific name, as chimpanzee for Pan troglodytes.
  • n. See specific epithet.
  • n. Chemistry A common, historic, or convenient name for a substance, derived often from the source in which the substance was discovered, but unsystematic and not used in modern official nomenclature, as sucrose for ╬▓-D-fructofuranosyl-╬▒-D-glucopyranoside.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a commonly used, non-systematic name of a chemical compound. Trivial names for many compounds have been in use since long before their exact chemical structures were determined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the specific name.

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