- specimen plant,
- specious present,
Origin of specimen
Examples from the Web for specimen
That gave participants an opportunity to try taxidermy without skinning the specimen, which some people find hard to stomach.
The lab report came back showing the specimen was some kind of rotten meat.
One day during his office hours, a female student asked him if he would agree to have a specimen studied in his laboratory.
Officials there quickly handed over the specimen to Dutch authorities who have assumed investigative responsibility in this case.
Anne Boleyn, second wife to Henry the VIII, is a specimen of speculation, admiration, and everything in between.
In this second specimen the whole internal surface of the posterior cavity likewise differs to a certain extent in shape.
Our party made this specimen "hump himself," as the conductor said.Roughing It|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A specimen of each of the several species of bones now to be found, is to me the most desirable objects in natural history.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)|Thomas Jefferson
It bears in my specimen of this age four fin-rays at its extremity, the anterior not being well marked.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
The accompanying cut represents in part the head of a flea, and is annexed in order to give a specimen of a simple eye.The Life of an Insect|Anonymous
- an individual, object, or part regarded as typical of the group or class to which it belongs
- (as modifier)a specimen signature; a specimen page
Word Origin for specimen
1610s, "pattern, model," from Latin specimen "indication, mark, example, sign, evidence," from specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "single thing regarded as typical of its kind" first recorded 1650s.