infraspecific epithet

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infraspecific epithet (plural infraspecific epithets)

  1. (botany) The third word in the scientific name of an infraspecific taxon, following the name of the species. This applies only to formal names of plants and fungi, and not to the formal names of bacteria or animals.
    In the name "Cannabis sativa subsp. indica", the word indica is the infraspecific epithet.