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binominal Line breaks: bi|nom¦inal
Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈnɒmɪn(ə)l/

Definition of binominal in English:


Another term for binomial (sense 2 of the adjective).
Example sentences
  • During the summer of 1979 I continued my long-term investigation of the identity of the species of Conus proposed during the early decades of Linnaean binominal nomenclature, especially the first decade of the nineteenth century.
  • “Gorse” and “furze” are synonymous, but neither means the same as their Linnean binominal “ulex europaeus.”
  • Founded in 1788, it takes its name from the great Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, who promoted the binominal system that is used today for naming all plants and animals.


Late 19th century: from Latin binominis, from bi- 'having two' + nomen, nomin- 'name' + -al.

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