Definition of species in English:


Line breaks: spe¦cies
Pronunciation: /ˈspiːʃiːz
, -ʃɪz, ˈspiːs-/

noun (plural same)

  • 1 (abbreviation: sp., spp.) Biology A group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.
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    • As in Darwin's theory of natural selection, a species must adjust to survive.
    • This was supposed to be representative of the very best our species was capable of achieving?
    • Organisms of a particular species all have the same genes but have different alleles.
  • 1.1 Logic A group subordinate to a genus and containing individuals agreeing in some common attributes and called by a common name.
  • 2A kind or sort: a species of invective at once tough and suave
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    • Is it that Graphic Design will be thought of as a species of decorative art or some kind of crazy expressive thing?
  • 2.1Used humorously to refer to people who share a characteristic or occupation: a political species that is becoming more common, the environmental statesman
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    • Most writers deny thinking of a specific reader, or of a species called readers when writing.
    • In an industry where song writers are a rare species, Louie X has come to stand-out as one of the most song writers of note.
  • 2.2 Chemistry & Physics A particular kind of atom, molecule, ion, or particle: a new molecular species
  • 3 Christian Church The visible form of each of the elements of consecrated bread and wine in the Eucharist.


late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'appearance, form, beauty', from specere 'to look'.

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