nomen nudum

noun nomen nu·dum \-ˈnü-dəm, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of nomen nudum


nomina nuda

play \-ˈnü-də, -ˈnyü-\
  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of nomen nudum

New Latin, bare name

First Known Use: 1881

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