specific name

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Noun[edit]

specific name (plural specific names)

  1. (zoology) The second word in the scientific name of a species, following the name of the genus.

Usage notes[edit]

This terminology applies only to formal names of animals. It should not be confused with the species name which is actually two words in the binomial nomenclature system:

In the scientific name of the lion (Panthera leo) the specific name is leo, while the species name is Panthera leo.

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