noun, plural spe·cies.
- one of the classes of things included with other classes in a genus.
- the set of things within one of these classes.
- the external form or appearance of the bread or the wine in the Eucharist.
- either of the Eucharistic elements.
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Origin of species
OTHER WORDS FROM speciessu·per·spe·cies, noun, plural su·per·spe·cies.un·der·spe·cies, noun, plural un·der·spe·cies.
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This complicates management of this species, as the same person who recognizes the commercial and ecological importance of sima may view the pestrushka as a common species that can be exploited.The quest to snare—and save—the world’s largest owl|Jonathan Slaght|August 28, 2020|Popular Science
They came up with a measure for hurricane activity experienced by each species based on how many times it was hit by these severe storms.Analyze This: Hurricanes may help lizards evolve better grips|Carolyn Wilke|August 26, 2020|Science News For Students
For a species that went extinct, you’d expect a sort of decline at some point, and we don’t see that.Climate change probably contributed to the woolly rhino’s rapid demise|Sara Kiley Watson|August 25, 2020|Popular Science
It is an unparalleled way for a species to enhance their evolutionary experimentation—their search engine—by using functional gene variants, just re-mixed into different genomes.How Life Could Continue to Evolve - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Caleb Scharf|August 12, 2020|Nautilus
The usual answer is that, by reshuffling genes with every generation, sex creates new genetic combinations, detaches beneficial mutations from harmful ones and gives a species a degree of evolutionary flexibility.Sex Is Driven by the Impetus to Change - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Jill Neimark|August 12, 2020|Nautilus
So, why would a species like the banded mongoose favor breeding between relatives?Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Greek mythology, the species became associated with numerous gods.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mistletoes infections can kill individual trees and stands of trees, and most mistletoe species attack specific tree species.
Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.
Mistletoes on mesquite trees in central Mexico have been linked to a greater abundance of tropical bird species.
Fourteen genera, representing about 19 species, of Mallophaga are reported for 20 different species of bird hosts.
This is a feature by means of which it is always possible to distinguish the Great Horsetail from any other species.
Most of my observations are in keeping with Skutch's detailed report of the species in Central America.
Where the outside conditions are not very favourable, practically all the British species may be grown with ease under glass.
Whatever the species, it is well to imitate the natural conditions as much as possible in the way of soil.
British Dictionary definitions for species
noun plural -cies
- any of the taxonomic groups into which a genus is divided, the members of which are capable of interbreeding: often containing subspecies, varieties, or races. A species is designated in italics by the genus name followed by the specific name, for example Felis domesticus (the domestic cat)Abbreviation: sp
- the animals of such a group
- any group of related animals or plants not necessarily of this taxonomic rank
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Medical definitions for species
n. pl. species
Scientific definitions for species
Cultural definitions for species
A group of closely related and interbreeding living things; the smallest standard unit of biological classification. Species can be divided into varieties, races, breeds, or subspecies. Red pines, sugar maples, cats, dogs, chimpanzees, and people are species; Siamese cats and beagles are varieties, not species. (See Linnean classification.)
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see endangered species.