Lectotype definition

lĕktə-tīp
A biological specimen or other element that is selected as the type specimen when a holotype was not originally designated.
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A biological specimen or other element that is selected as the type specimen when a holotype was not originally designated.
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(biology) A biological specimen or illustration later selected to serve as definitive type example of a species or subspecies when the original author of the name did not designate a holotype.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lectotype
Plural:
lectotypes

Origin of lectotype

  • From Greek lektos chosen (from legein to choose leg- in Indo-European roots) type

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek λέκτος (léktos, “chosen"),from λέγειν (légein, “to choose") + τύπος (týpos, “blow, impression").

    From Wiktionary