specific epithet


specific epithet
The second (uncapitalized) word in the scientific name of a species, following the name of the genus. This applies only to formal names of plants, fungi and bacteria. In formal names of animals an epithet does not occur (see specific name).

In Cannabis sativa the word sativa is the specific epithet.


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  • specific epithet — n the Latin or latinized noun or adjective that follows the genus name in a taxonomic binomial …   Medical dictionary

  • specific epithet — see specific name …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • specific epithet — noun Date: 1906 the Latin or latinized noun or adjective that follows the genus name in a taxonomic binomial …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • specific epithet — noun chiefly Botany & Microbiology the second element in the Latin binomial name of a species, which distinguishes the species from others in the same genus …   English new terms dictionary

  • specific epithet —   Second word of a botanical or scientific name.   Cf. genus …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • specific epithet — noun : the Latin or latinized noun or adjective that follows and agrees grammatically with the genus name in the name of a taxonomic species called also trivial name …   Useful english dictionary

  • Specific name — In zoological nomenclature, a specific name or specific epithet is the second part (second name) in the name of a species (a binomen). The first part is the name of the genus.Note that in botanical nomenclature, epithet always refers to the… …   Wikipedia

  • epithet — Characterizing term or name. [G. epithetos, added, fr. epi + tithemi, to place] specific e. in bacteriology, the second part of the name of a species; it is not, by itself, a name; the name of a bacterial species consists of two parts, the… …   Medical dictionary

  • epithet —   See specific epithet …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • specific name — noun : the binomial name of a taxonomic species consisting of the name of its genus followed by a specific epithet …   Useful english dictionary


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