basionym

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Etymology[edit]

From basi- (base) +‎ -onym (name).

Noun[edit]

basionym (plural basionyms)

  1. (botany, taxonomy) An earlier valid scientific name of a species that has since been renamed and from which the new name is partially derived.
    The name, Arundinaria distans is the basionym of Colanthelia distans.

Usage notes[edit]

The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature includes the following normative definition:

  • A previously published legitimate name-bringing or epithet-bringing synonym from which a new name is formed for a taxon of different rank or position (Art. 33.4, 49.1 and 52.3)

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