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common noun

noun, Grammar.
a noun that may be preceded by an article or other limiting modifier and that denotes any or all of a class of entities and not an individual, as man, city, horse, music.
Also called common name.
Compare proper noun.
Origin of common noun
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a common name enough, and yet, from the first, he was sure that this was some relative.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • They deserve some common name, and we have to choose between 'extinct' and 'dead.'

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Our common name is ladybird, my own name is Alois, I am a poet by profession.

  • "Rustlers" is the common name given to cattle or horse thieves.

  • "Naukeesha," repeats Ruby, just as if it was some common name like Patchogue or Hoboken.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Why it received the common name of aster I have never been able to find out.

  • The common name of a long-rayed star-fish (Ophiocoma rosula).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The common name for the edible turtle, which does not yield tortoise-shell.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I told him, and added, "It is a common name in the district from which I come."

    A Retrospect James Hudson Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for common name

common noun

(grammar) a noun that refers to each member of a whole class sharing the features connoted by the noun, as for example planet, orange, and drum Compare proper noun
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Contemporary definitions for common name

the non-scientific name by which a species of plant is known, cf. scientific name


Scientific names often become the common names, especially through use by gardeners.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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