nomen nudum


no·​men nu·​dum ˈnō-mən-ˈnü-dəm How to pronounce nomen nudum (audio)
plural nomina nuda ˈnä-mə-nə-ˈnü-də How to pronounce nomen nudum (audio)
: a proposed taxonomic name that is invalid because the group designated is not described or illustrated sufficiently for recognition, that has no nomenclatural status, and that consequently can be used as though never previously proposed

Word History


New Latin, bare name

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nomen nudum was in 1881

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“Nomen nudum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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