lectotype

noun
lec·​to·​type | \ ˈlek-tə-ˌtīp How to pronounce lectotype (audio) \

Definition of lectotype

: a specimen chosen as the type of a species or subspecies if the author of the name fails to designate a type

First Known Use of lectotype

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lectotype

Greek lektos chosen (from legein to gather, choose) + English type — more at legend

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The first known use of lectotype was circa 1905

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“Lectotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectotype. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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