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.
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Origin of species
OTHER WORDS FROM speciessu·per·spe·cies, noun, plural su·per·spe·cies.un·der·spe·cies, noun, plural un·der·spe·cies.
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British Dictionary definitions for superspecies
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
Medical definitions for superspecies
n. pl. species
Scientific definitions for superspecies
Cultural definitions for superspecies
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.)
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Idioms and Phrases with superspecies
see endangered species.