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...