- 1An individual animal, plant, piece of a mineral, etc. used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display: specimens of copper oreMore example sentences
- Another corner of the display showed zoological specimens, minerals and ores, and surgical instruments.
- Its displays cover millions of specimens, including fossils, meteorites, mammals, plants, minerals, and insects.
- Ray then spent thirteen years travelling around Britain and Europe collecting specimens and studying animals.
- 1.1An example of something regarded as typical of its class or group: [as modifier]: a specimen paper of the new testMore example sentences
- The question in the specimen paper required the students to discuss the social criticism in The Big Sleep and other texts.
- Fill out a specimen ballot paper in your constituency.
- 1.2A sample for medical testing, especially of urine.More example sentences
- Are there any medical reasons why a specimen of blood cannot or should not be taken by a doctor?
- They will report on the foods they eat and give biological specimens for testing.
- Urine specimens had been obtained and tested by the nursing staff.
- 2 • informal Used to refer humorously to a person or animal: Carla could not help feeling a degree of reluctant admiration for this odd female specimenMore example sentences
- She was born a perfect female specimen.
- She was the most perfect female specimen in the whole damn world.
- I've known most of the world's most perfect physical specimens over the course of the last 30 years.
early 17th century (in the sense 'pattern, model'): from Latin, from specere 'to look'.