species

noun
spe·cies | \ ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz , -(ˌ)sēz \
plural species

Definition of species 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : kind, sort

b : a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name specifically : a logical division of a genus or more comprehensive class confessing sins in species and in number

c : the human race : human beings often used with the survival of the species in the nuclear age

d(1) : a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of a genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name

(2) : an individual or kind belonging to a biological species

e : a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion

2 : the consecrated eucharistic elements of the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Eucharist

3a : a mental image also : a sensible object

b : an object of thought correlative with a natural object

species

adjective

Definition of species (Entry 2 of 2)

: belonging to a biological species as distinguished from a horticultural variety a species rose

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Examples of species in a Sentence

Noun

There are approximately 8,000 species of ants. All European domestic cattle belong to the same species. laws that protect endangered species
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The monarch butterfly was submitted for consideration for the federal endangered species list in 2014 and the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be announced June 2019. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 But neutralizing overall harm doesn’t move a species any closer to recovery, which is why environmentalists frequently oppose these permits. Peter S. Alagona, Outside Online, "The Endangered Species Act Needs a Reboot," 9 July 2018 That’s important in Florida, the insect capital of the United States and the gateway for an average of a new species arrival every month. Jack Payne, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 People are finding more dinosaurs now than ever before: somebody somewhere around the world is finding a new species on average once a week. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "How Jurassic Park led to the modernization of dinosaur paleontology," 23 June 2018 But the case for J. imperialis was solid enough to get through peer review, and this wouldn’t be the first time a primate species has been accepted on the basis of a single example. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 By keeping this species alive through excellent care and selective breeding, the WCC and the other facilities that are a part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan are keeping the hope alive that the red wolf can thrive in the wild once more. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "With Only 30 Red Wolves Left in the Wild, These 10 Newborn Pups Are Big News," 22 June 2018 The potential contained in any plant species is really a reflection of their history. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Will launching plants into orbit yield new medicines?," 22 June 2018 As a species, dudes are generally too basic for game-playing, and so literal that there's rarely much to read between the lines. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "He said he doesn’t want a relationship – so why is he acting like my boyfriend?," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of species

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for species

Noun

Middle English, from Latin, appearance, kind, species, from specere to look — more at spy

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The first known use of species was in the 14th century

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species

noun

English Language Learners Definition of species

biology : a group of animals or plants that are similar and can produce young animals or plants : a group of related animals or plants that is smaller than a genus

: a particular group of things or people that belong together or have some shared quality

species

noun
spe·cies | \ ˈspē-shēz , -sēz \
plural species

Kids Definition of species

1 : a group of similar living things that ranks below the genus in scientific classification and is made up of individuals able to produce offspring with one another The one-humped camel is a different species from the two-humped camel.

2 : a class of things of the same kind and with the same name : kind, sort

species

noun
spe·cies | \ ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz , -(ˌ)sēz \
plural species

Medical Definition of species 

1a : a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of the genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name

b : an individual or kind belonging to a biological species

2 : a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion production of DNA damage by active oxygen species

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