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type specimen

noun Biology.
  1. an individual organism from which the description of a species has been prepared.
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Origin of type specimen

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for type specimen

Historical Examples

  • The type-specimen of this species exists in the collection of the British Museum.

    New Zealand Moths and Butterflies

    G. V. Hudson

  • The type-specimen figured by Lambert does not show the longest cone and leaf of this species.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • The type-specimen of Ziphius semijunctus (Cope), as already mentioned, is a young female.

British Dictionary definitions for type specimen

type specimen

  1. biology the original specimen from which a description of a new species is madeAlso called: holotype
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