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nomen dubium

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noun nomen du·bi·um \-ˈdü-bē-əm, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of nomen dubium

plural nomina du·bia play \-bē-ə\

  1. :  a taxonomic name that cannot be assigned with certainty to any taxonomic group because the description is insufficient for identification and the original specimens no longer exist



Origin of nomen dubium

New Latin, doubtful name


First Known Use: 1937


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