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definition of the word species

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From Latin speciēs (appearance; quality), from speciō (see) + -iēs suffix signifying abstract noun.



species (plural species)

  1. A group of plants or animals having similar appearance.
    This species of animal is unique to the area.
  2. (biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below genus and above subspecies; a taxon at that rank
    • Darwin, On the Origin of Species:
      Hence, in determining whether a form should be ranked as a species or a variety, the opinion of naturalists having sound judgment and wide experience seems the only guide to follow.
  3. (mineralogy) A mineral with a unique chemical formula whose crystals belong to a unique crystallographic system.
  4. (chemistry) A specific known or unknown element, molecule, radical or ion; used commonly when the entity's status as an element, molecule etc. is unknown.

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