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  • n. The second word in the scientific name of a species, following the name of the genus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the name which, appended to the name of the genus, constitutes the distinctive name of the species; -- originally applied by Linnæus to the essential character of the species, or the essential difference. The present specific name he at first called the trivial name.


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