Definition of tautonym in English:


Line breaks: tau¦to|nym
Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːtə(ʊ)nɪm


Botany & Zoology
  • A scientific name in which the same word is used for both genus and species, for example Vulpes vulpes (the red fox).
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    • In an attempt to gain acceptance for the use of duplicate binomials, MacMillan proposed the tautonym A. apios.
    • Bird names in which the genus and species are identical except for capitalisation are apparently called tautonyms.
    • There are 82 species of birds whose scientific names are tautonyms - that is, birds for which the two parts of the scientific name are the same.



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  • Instead we should look to Speusippus' analysis of tautonymy and heteronymy and bypass eponymy altogether.
  • Castor fiber Linnaeus, 1758 is therefore the type species of Castor by Linnaean tautonymy.
  • The type of Amphidesma must, by tautonymy, be regarded as A. donailla.

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