specific epithet
noun Date: 1906 the Latin or latinized noun or adjective that follows the genus name in a taxonomic binomial

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  • specific epithet — noun chiefly Botany & Microbiology the second element in the Latin binomial name of a species, which distinguishes the species from others in the same genus …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Specific name — In zoological nomenclature, a specific name or specific epithet is the second part (second name) in the name of a species (a binomen). The first part is the name of the genus.Note that in botanical nomenclature, epithet always refers to the… …   Wikipedia

  • epithet — Characterizing term or name. [G. epithetos, added, fr. epi + tithemi, to place] specific e. in bacteriology, the second part of the name of a species; it is not, by itself, a name; the name of a bacterial species consists of two parts, the… …   Medical dictionary

  • epithet —   See specific epithet …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • specific name — noun : the binomial name of a taxonomic species consisting of the name of its genus followed by a specific epithet …   Useful english dictionary

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