lec·​to·​type ˈlek-tə-ˌtīp How to pronounce lectotype (audio)
: a specimen chosen as the type of a species or subspecies if the author of the name fails to designate a type

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lectotype was circa 1905

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Cite this Entry

“Lectotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectotype. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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