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.More example sentences
- The new species has since had popular media recognition under this name and it has therefore been preserved as the specific epithet.
More definitions of specific epithetDefinition of specific epithet in:
- The US English dictionary