type species

noun

: the species of a genus with which the generic name is permanently associated

Examples of type species in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grown primarily in Japan, the wild-type species (Wasabia tenuis) are only found mountainside in streambeds and river sand bars [2]. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of type species was in 1840

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“Type species.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/type%20species. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

type species

noun
: the species of a genus with which the generic name is permanently associated
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