lectotype


lec·to·type

noun \ˈlek-tə-ˌtīp\

Definition of LECTOTYPE

:  a specimen chosen as the type of a species or subspecies if the author of the name fails to designate a type

Origin of LECTOTYPE

Greek lektos chosen (from legein to gather, choose) + English type — more at legend
First Known Use: circa 1905

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