[ hol-uh-tahyp, hoh-luh- ]

  1. the type specimen used in the original description of a species.

Origin of holotype

First recorded in 1895–1900; holo- + -type

Other words from holotype

  • hol·o·typ·ic [hol-uh-tip-ik, hoh-luh-], /ˌhɒl əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for holotype


/ (ˈhɒləˌtaɪp) /

  1. biology another name for type specimen

Derived forms of holotype

  • holotypic (ˌhɒləˈtɪpɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for holotype


[ hŏlə-tīp′, hōlə- ]

  1. The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type species

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