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noun spe·cies \ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz, -(ˌ)sēz\

Simple Definition of species

  • biology : a group of animals or plants that are similar and can produce young animals or plants : a group of related animals or plants that is smaller than a genus

  • : a particular group of things or people that belong together or have some shared quality

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of species

plural

species

  1. 1a :  kind, sortb :  a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name; specifically :  a logical division of a genus or more comprehensive class <confessing sins in species and in number>c :  the human race :  human beings —often used with the <survival of the species in the nuclear age>d (1) :  a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of a genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name (2) :  an individual or kind belonging to a biological speciese :  a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion

  2. 2 :  the consecrated eucharistic elements of the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Eucharist

  3. 3a :  a mental image; also :  a sensible objectb :  an object of thought correlative with a natural object

Examples of species in a sentence

  1. There are approximately 8,000 species of ants.

  2. All European domestic cattle belong to the same species.

  3. laws that protect endangered species



Origin and Etymology of species

Middle English, from Latin, appearance, kind, species, from specere to look — more at spy


First Known Use: 14th century

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species

adjective spe·cies

Definition of species

  1. :  belonging to a biological species as distinguished from a horticultural variety <a species rose>



1899

First Known Use of species

1899


SPECIES Defined for Kids

species

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noun spe·cies \ˈspē-shēz, -sēz\

Definition of species for Students

plural

species

  1. 1 :  a group of similar living things that ranks below the genus in scientific classification and is made up of individuals able to produce offspring with one another <The one-humped camel is a different species from the two-humped camel.>

  2. 2 :  a class of things of the same kind and with the same name :  kind, sort




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species

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noun spe·cies \ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz, -(ˌ)sēz\

Medical Definition of species

plural

species

  1. 1a:  a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of the genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus nameb:  an individual or kind belonging to a biological species

  2. 2:  a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion <production of DNA damage by active oxygen species>





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