specimen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin specimen (mark, sign, example), from speciō (observe, watch).

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Noun[edit]

specimen (plural specimens or specimina)

  1. An individual instance that represents a class; an example.
    early specimens of the art of Picasso
  2. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.
  3. (humorous, often preceded with “fine”) An eligible man.
    Examples: Postcard: Leap Year, 1908, Postcard: Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From speciō (observe, watch).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

specimen n (genitive speciminis); third declension

  1. mark, token, sign, indication
  2. example, pattern, model
  3. ornament, honor

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative specimen specimina
genitive speciminis speciminum
dative speciminī speciminibus
accusative specimen specimina
ablative specimine speciminibus
vocative specimen specimina

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