Sensu-lato meaning

sĕnso͝o lätō
In a broad sense; with a broad interpretation.
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(taxonomy) In the broad sense.

The circumscription of the family Malvaceae in the APG II system is much broader than previously accepted. The family in its wider circumscription can be indicated as Malvaceae sensu lato.

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Origin of sensu-lato

  • Latin sēnsū lātō sēnsū ablative of sēnsus sense sense lātō ablative of lātus broad, wide

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

  • From Latin sÄ“nsÅ« lātō (“in the broad sense").

    From Wiktionary