scientific name

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scientific name (plural scientific names)

  1. A formal name according to an internationally accepted standard, especially the formal name of a taxon:
    Fagaceae is the scientific name for the oak family.
    Panthera leo is the scientific name for the lion.
    • 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.

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