nomen nudum

noun
nomen nu·​dum | \ -ˈnü-dəm How to pronounce nomen nudum (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural nomina nuda\ -​ˈnü-​də How to pronounce nomen nudum (audio) , -​ˈnyü-​ \

Definition of nomen nudum

: 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

First Known Use of nomen nudum

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nomen nudum

New Latin, bare name

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Cite this Entry

“Nomen nudum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nomen%20nudum. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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