Definition of trivial name in English:

trivial name

Syllabification: triv·i·al name


chiefly Chemistry
  • 1A name that is in general use although not part of systematic nomenclature: its common trivial name is citric acid Compare with systematic name.
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    • IUPAC maintains a number of historical names called trivial names that identify well-known elements and compounds.
    • We listed a trivial name only in cases, such as ‘methyl orange’, where all that was needed was to identify ‘the substance in the bottle’.
    • The Levinson system of nomenclature was proposed originally for rare-earth minerals in order to avoid a proliferation of trivial names.
  • 1.1chiefly Zoology another term for specific epithet.
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    • The trivial name enormis must be a joke as the holotype is only 23 mm in length!
    • The trivial name nudus (L.) refers to the lack of cirri on the column of this new species of Camptocrinus.
    • The generic name is taken from the trivial name of Xanthilites verrucoides in reference to the wart-like appearance of the ornamentation of the two species in this genus.

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