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.
Origin of species
Origin of specie1
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Examples from the Web for species
Contemporary Examples of species
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
December 29, 2014
In Greek mythology, the species became associated with numerous gods.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
Your existence contributes to over-population, climate change, and species extinction.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
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
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
November 26, 2014
Historical Examples of species
It is to me more what you call a 'beast-garden,' to include all species of fauna.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Handel, in one species of composition, wrote down to the singers of his time.
Every species of mere bodily labor is the prerogative of these Irish.Sketches from Memory
In short, there were creatures in which were combined the limbs of every species of animals.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
He could not but observe that Mrs. Wharton did not like him the less for this species of sacrifice.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
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
Word Origin for species
- (of money) in coin
- in kind
- lawin the actual form specified
Word Origin for specie
1550s, a classification in logic, from Latin species "kind, sort," originally "appearance, sight, a seeing," related to specere "to look at, to see, behold," from PIE *spek- (see scope (n.1)). Biological sense is from c.1600. Endangered species first attested 1964.
1610s, "coin, money in the form of coins" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), from phrase in specie "in the real or actual form" (1550s), from Latin in specie "in kind," ablative of species "kind, form, sort" (see species).
n. pl. 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.)
see endangered species.