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
Your existence contributes to over-population, climate change, and species extinction.
Five times during that span, the majority of species on the planet vanished in a short interval of time.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction|Sean B. Carroll|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This species of penguin was showered with positive coverage throughout the 20th century by a supposedly vigilant press.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chestnut is one of the species that produces abundant callus very readily.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
Some species germinate quicker than others, and the operator must determine by previous trial what these differences are.The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
Therefore the present geographical distribution of species was largely determined by the extensive migrations of that time.
They are a mad, racing breed—fat, unwearied, and strenuous—the pick of their species.The Ship Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine
Species do not burrow in the skin, but produce a scab similar to sheep scab.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
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
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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.