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species

[ spee-sheez, -seez ]
/ ˈspi ʃiz, -siz /
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noun, plural spe·cies.
adjective
Horticulture. pertaining to a plant that is a representative member of a species, one that is not a hybrid or variety: a species rose; a species gladiolus.
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Origin of species

First recorded in 1545–55; from Latin speciēs “appearance, form, sort, kind,” equivalent to spec(ere) “to look, regard” + -iēs abstract noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM species

su·per·spe·cies, noun, plural su·per·spe·cies.un·der·spe·cies, noun, plural un·der·spe·cies.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH species

1. species , specious2. genus, species
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British Dictionary definitions for species

species
/ (ˈspiːʃiːz, Latin ˈspiːʃɪˌiːz) /

noun plural -cies

Word Origin for species

C16: from Latin: appearance, from specere to look
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Scientific definitions for species

species
[ spēshēz, spēsēz ]

A group of organisms having many characteristics in common and ranking below a genus. Organisms that reproduce sexually and belong to the same species interbreed and produce fertile offspring. Species names are usually written lower case and in italics, as rex in Tyrannosaurus rex. See Table at taxonomy.
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Cultural definitions for species

species
[ (spee-sheez, spee-seez) ]

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.)

notes for species

The term can be used to refer to any group of related things: “This species of novel has become quite popular in recent years.”
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Other Idioms and Phrases with species

species

see endangered species.

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