pseudogeneric name

pseu·​do·​generic name | \ "+...- \

Definition of pseudogeneric name

: a designation used in the manner of a generic name but without taxonomic validity to group organisms too imperfectly known to permit valid classification Sparganum, Tornaria, Cysticercus are pseudogeneric names — compare form genus

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History and Etymology for pseudogeneric name

pseudogeneric from pseud- + generic

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“Pseudogeneric name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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