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lectotype

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noun lec·to·type \ˈlek-tə-ˌtīp\

Definition of lectotype

  1. :  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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