protonym

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

proto- +‎ -nym

Noun[edit]

protonym (plural protonyms)

  1. (taxonomy) An unofficial name (often the first) for a new species that may or may not be officially recognized
    1968 Mien A. Rifai, "The Australasian Pezizales in the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew"
    The protonym of Macroscyphus appears to be Nees von Esenbeck's (1817) [genus] Peziza ...
    2005 Bertram Ludäscher, Louiqa Raschid, "Data integration in the life sciences"
    Protonyms form the name for later revised opinions on a taxon concept as implicitly or explicitly circumscribed in a subsequent publication...