Definition of specific epithet in English:

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specific epithet

Pronunciation: /spəˌsifik ˈepəTHet/


chiefly Botany & Microbiology
The second element in the Latin binomial name of a species, which follows the generic name and distinguishes the species from others in the same genus. Compare with specific name, trivial name.
Example sentences
  • The new species has since had popular media recognition under this name and it has therefore been preserved as the specific epithet.

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Syllabification: spe·cif·ic ep·i·thet

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