Species definition

spēshēz, -sēz
A kind, variety, or type.
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A distinct kind; sort; variety; class.

A species of bravery.

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The definition of a species is a group of animals, plants or other living things that all share common characteristics and that are all classified as alike in some manner.

An example of a species is all human beings.

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(biology) A group of closely related organisms that are very similar to each other and are usually capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. The species is the fundamental category of taxonomic classification, ranking below a genus or subgenus. Species names are represented in binomial nomenclature by an uncapitalized Latin adjective or noun following a capitalized genus name, as in Ananas comosus, the pineapple, and Equus caballus, the horse.
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The consecrated bread or wine of the Eucharist.
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Either of the consecrated elements of the Eucharist.
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Visible or perceptible presentation; appearance; something perceived.
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The totality of natural physical characteristics (appearance, taste, etc.) of bread or wine, these characteristics remaining the same in the consecrated bread or wine of the Eucharist.
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A component part of compound medicine; a simple.
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(civil law) The form or shape given to materials; fashion or shape; form; figure.

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A specific kind of atomic nucleus.
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An officinal mixture or compound powder of any kind; especially, one used for making an aromatic tea or tisane; a tea mixture.

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The outward appearance or form of the Eucharistic elements that is retained after their consecration.
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Coin, or coined silver, gold, or other metal, used as a circulating medium; specie.
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A type or kind of thing.
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A public spectacle or exhibition.

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(logic) A class of individuals or objects grouped by virtue of their common attributes and assigned a common name; a division subordinate to a genus.
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A class of individuals or objects having certain distinguishing attributes in common, given a common name, and comprised with other similar classes in a more comprehensive grouping called a genus.
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A group of plants or animals having similar appearance.

This species of animal is unique to the area.

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(biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below genus and above subspecies; a taxon at that rank.
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(mineralogy) A mineral with a unique chemical formula whose crystals belong to a unique crystallographic system.
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(Roman Catholicism) Either of the two elements of the Eucharist after they have been consecrated, so named because they retain the image of the bread and wine before their transubstantiation into the body and blood of Christ.
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(obs.) Outward form, appearance, or mental image.
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(biology) A group of closely related organisms that are very similar to each other and are usually capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. The species is the fundamental category of taxonomic classification, ranking below a genus or subgenus. Species names are represented in binomial nomenclature by an uncapitalized Latin adjective or noun following a capitalized genus name, as in Ananas comosus, the pineapple, and Equus caballus, the horse.
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(chemistry) A set of atoms, molecules, ions, or other chemical entities that possess the same distinct characteristics with respect to a chemical process or measurement.
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A group of organisms having many characteristics in common and ranking below a genus. Organisms that reproduce sexually and belong to the same species interbreed and produce fertile offspring. Species names are usually written lower case and in italics, as rex in Tyrannosaurus rex.
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(biol.) A naturally existing population of similar organisms that usually interbreed only among themselves, and are given a unique, latinized binomial name to distinguish them from all other creatures.
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(chemistry) A set of atoms, molecules, ions, or other chemical entities that possess the same distinct characteristics with respect to a chemical process or measurement.
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the species
  • the human race
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the species

Origin of species

  • Middle English logical classification from Latin speciēs a seeing, kind, form spek- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin speciÄ“s (“appearance; quality"), from speciō (“see") + -iÄ“s suffix signifying abstract noun.

    From Wiktionary