Definition of specific epithet in English:
nounchiefly 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.
- 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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