mis·​iden·​ti·​fy | \ ˌmis-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce misidentify (audio) , -ə-ˈden- \
misidentified; misidentifying

Definition of misidentify

transitive verb

: to identify (someone or something) incorrectly … a coroner apparently misidentified the bullet he removed from the victim, stating that its caliber differed from that of the bullet entered as evidence against the known shooter.— David Fisher While examining the American Museum's collection, I came across a mongoose specimen that was clearly misidentified.— W. Chris Wozencraft

First Known Use of misidentify

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Misidentify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misidentify. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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