noun para·type \ˈparə+ˌ-\

Definition of paratype

  1. 1 :  a specimen of a type series other than the holotype —usually used in zootaxy — compare isotype 1b(1)

  2. 2 :  the environmental component of a phenotype — compare genotype 2

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Origin and Etymology of paratype

International Scientific Vocabulary 1para- + type

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