Definition of species in English:
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.
- 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.
2.1Used humorously to refer to people who share a characteristic or occupation: a political species that is becoming more common, the environmental statesman
More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'appearance, form, beauty', from specere 'to look'.