noun, plural dif·fer·en·ti·ae [dif-uh-ren-shee-ee] /ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌi/.
Origin of differentia
Examples from the Web for differentia
Disinterestedness not the differentia of aesthetic pleasure, 37 et seq.The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
When a class which itself contains other possible classes is chosen, a long list of differentia will be necessary.Expository Writing|Mervin James Curl
This gives the 'differentia' of the Utilitarian considered as one species of the genus 'Radical.'The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)|Leslie Stephen
Example of enclosing the differentia in the genus is, if odd be given as the essence of number (ὅπερ ἀριθμόν).Aristotle|George Grote
It is the possession of these, above all, which constitutes the differentia of man.Gloria Crucis|J. H. Beibitz