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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neotype

Time Traveler for neotype

Time Traveler

The first known use of neotype was in 1905

See more words from the same year

Statistics for neotype

Cite this Entry

“Neotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neotype. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on neotype

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about neotype

Comments on neotype

What made you want to look up neotype? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!