from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A taxonomic designation, such as Gorilla gorilla, in which the genus and species names are the same, commonly used in zoology but no longer in botany.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name formed by repeating one word: as, kiwi-kiwi, the apteryx; taro-taro, the Orinoco bittern; awa-awa, the milk-fish of Hawaii; specifically, in zological and botanical nomenclature, a name in which the generic and specific names are the same: as, Scomber scomber, the mackerel; Cardinalis cardinalis, the cardinal redbird; Vulpes vulpes, the European red fox.
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- noun biology, informal A
binomial nameconsisting of the same word twice, such as Bison bison.
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taut- + -onym
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