nomen dubium

noun nomen du·bi·um \-ˈdü-bē-əm, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of nomen dubium


nomina dubia

play \-ˈdü-bē-ə, -ˈdyü-\
  1. :  a taxonomic name that cannot be assigned with certainty to any taxonomic group because the description is insufficient for identification and the original specimens no longer exist

Origin and Etymology of nomen dubium

New Latin, doubtful name

First Known Use: 1915

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