Definition of holotype in English:

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holotype

Pronunciation: /ˈhɒlətʌɪp/

noun

Botany & Zoology
A single type specimen upon which the description and name of a new species is based. Compare with syntype.
Example sentences
  • Additional character state information was also incorporated from descriptions of holotypes and additional fossil material.
  • The holotype of this species might be a juvenile as there are larger specimens in our collection.
  • Other skull elements are similar to those described in the holotype.
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