from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In natural history: One who occupies himself mainly or exclusively in naming and describing species, without inclination to study, or perhaps without, ability to grasp, their significance as biological facts; a specialist in species, who cares little or nothing for broader generalizations.
- n. One who is finical in drawing up specific diagnoses, or given to distinctions without a difference.
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The bulk of knowledge of specific characters and the necessity of specialisation bade fair to make every species-monger a dry and narrow pedant; and the pedants quarrelled about the characters and limits of their species.