neotype

noun
neo·​type | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌtīp How to pronounce neotype (audio) \

Definition of neotype

: a type specimen that is selected subsequent to the description of a species to replace a preexisting type that has been lost or destroyed

First Known Use of neotype

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neotype

neo- + type entry 1, after French néotype

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The first known use of neotype was in 1905

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“Neotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neotype. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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