common name

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common name (plural common names)

  1. (taxonomy) The name by which an organism or group of organisms is known to the general public, rather than its taxonomic or scientific name.
    • 2016, James Lambert, “Ornithonymy and Lexicographical Selection Criteria”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 30, number 1, page 39–62:
      From the point of view of biology, a bird has both a scientific name and a common name.
  2. (chemistry) A name that unambiguously identifies a substance but is not the IUPAC systematic name.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see common,‎ name.

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