specific name

[ spi-sif-ik neym ]
/ spɪˈsɪf ɪk ˈneɪm /

noun Zoology.

(in binomial nomenclature) the second part, always lowercased, of an animal species’ scientific name, but not applicable to plant species: for example, the species Sciurus carolinensis is a squirrel, as all squirrels belong to the genus Sciurus, but it is the specific name carolinensis that identifies the particular species, which is the eastern gray squirrel.

Origin of specific name

First recorded in 1750–55
Also called specific epithet.
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