holotype

noun
ho·​lo·​type | \ ˈhō-lə-ˌtīp How to pronounce holotype (audio) , ˈhä-\

Definition of holotype

1 : the single specimen designated by an author as the type of a species or lesser taxon at the time of establishing the group
2 : the type of a species or lesser taxon designated at a date later than that of establishing a group or by a person other than the author of the taxon

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Other Words from holotype

holotypic \ ˌhō-​lə-​ˈti-​pik How to pronounce holotypic (audio) , ˌhä-​ \ adjective

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In late 2012, UC Davis paid LIPI $25,000 in compensation, says Ubaidillah, and returned the holotype—the specimen on which the species was formally described—to Indonesia; one M. garuda specimen remains in UC Davis's Bohart Museum of Entomology. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research," 24 July 2019 In contrast, the main museum specimen defining the species—the species’s holotype—had been found nearly 170 feet underwater during a 2007 biodiversity survey. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare Ruby Seadragon Caught on Video for First Time," 13 Jan. 2017 In Franche-Comté, the region in which the holotype was discovered, ‘la vouivre’ (=the wyvern) is a legendary winged reptile. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Paleo Profile: The Wyvern Dinosaur," 5 May 2017 The holotype, or original example, of this species is available for public display and scientific study at a museum in Dalian, China. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "New Birdlike Dinosaur Had Modern Feathers," 2 May 2017 In April 2016, Rouse and his colleagues traveled to the remote Recherche Archipelago, where the holotype had been found, in the hopes of spotting the creature in the wild. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare Ruby Seadragon Caught on Video for First Time," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of holotype

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of holotype was in 1897

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holotype

noun
ho·​lo·​type | \ ˈhō-lə-ˌtīp How to pronounce holotype (audio) , ˈhäl-ə- How to pronounce holotype (audio) \

Medical Definition of holotype

1 : the single specimen designated by an author as the type of a species or lesser taxon at the time of establishing the group
2 : the type of a species or lesser taxon designated at a date later than that of establishing a group or by another person than the author of the taxon

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