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nomen nudum

noun nomen nu·dum \-ˈnü-dəm, -ˈnyü-\
plural nomina nu·da \-də\

Definition of NOMEN NUDUM

:  a proposed taxonomic name that is invalid because the group designated is not described or illustrated sufficiently for recognition, that has no nomenclatural status, and that consequently can be used as though never previously proposed

Origin of NOMEN NUDUM

New Latin, bare name
First Known Use: 1900

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