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

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misidentify was in 1867

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“Misidentify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misidentify. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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