misidentify

verb mis·iden·ti·fy \ ˌmis-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī , -ə- \

Definition of misidentify

misidentified; misidentifying
: 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

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