type specimen


Definition of type specimen

: a specimen or individual designated as type of a species or lesser group and serving as the final criterion of the characteristics of that group

Examples of type specimen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prasad has ruled out donating his type specimens—which defined new species of dinosaurs and early mammals—to his own University of Delhi, one of the best in the nation. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "India’s paleontologists fight destruction of its fossil riches," 4 Apr. 2018 But since Linnaeus’ body was never exhumed from its resting place in Sweden, his posthumous status as the human type specimen is more of a formality than a practicality. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "How Wikipedia Portrayed Humanity in a Single Photo," 10 Mar. 2018 Neither the photographer nor the subjects agreed to provide our digital type specimens. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "How Wikipedia Portrayed Humanity in a Single Photo," 10 Mar. 2018 But having the type specimen from the greater Miami area is still pretty cool. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida has four new wasps. One rare species got a name just for Marlins’ fans," 19 Jan. 2018 Many of the researchers carry sophisticated species databases with them on their laptop computers, including photos of type specimens. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of type specimen

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Type specimen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/type%20specimen. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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