specific epithet

noun

Definition of specific epithet

: the Latin or latinized noun or adjective that follows the genus name in a taxonomic binomial

Examples of specific epithet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The specific epithet further divided those genera into smaller groups of individuals that shared more and finer-scale characteristics. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Don't get in the way of a plant enthusiast and a 'knock out' trademark in their hip pocket," 2 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'specific epithet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of specific epithet

1906, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about specific epithet

Time Traveler for specific epithet

Time Traveler

The first known use of specific epithet was in 1906

See more words from the same year

Statistics for specific epithet

Cite this Entry

“Specific epithet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specific%20epithet. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for specific epithet

specific epithet

noun

Medical Definition of specific epithet

: the Latin or latinized noun or adjective that follows the genus name in a taxonomic binomial

Comments on specific epithet

What made you want to look up specific epithet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!