[ spi-sif-ik ep-uh-thet ]
/ spɪˈsɪf ɪk ˈɛp əˌθɛt /
noun Botany, Zoology.
(in binomial nomenclature) the second part, always lowercased, of a plant or animal species’ scientific name: for example, the species Quercus alba is an oak tree, as all oaks belong to the genus Quercus, but it is the specific epithet alba that identifies the particular species, which is the white oak.
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a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
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Compare specific name.
Origin of specific epithet
First recorded in 1905–10
Words nearby specific epithet
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