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A name used by scientists, especially the taxonomic name of an organism that consists of the genus and species. Scientific names usually come from Latin or Greek. An example is Homo sapiens, the scientific name for humans.
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I wish you would kindly also add the scientific name of the John Crow, with any particulars that you would think of interest.Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight, Parts I and II|S. P. (Samuel Pierpont) Langley and Charles M. (Charles Matthews) Manly
No one ever forgot the roly-poly pudding made without suet; synthetic rubber was its scientific name.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
The scientific name for "Father Long-legs" is Tipula oleracea.The Life of an Insect|Anonymous
The doctor had some scientific name for it, and I was taking medicine.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
One is a common, vernacular, or popular name; the other is a technical or scientific name.Color Key to North American Birds|Frank M. Chapman