Species Definition

spēshēz, -sēz
A distinct kind; sort; variety; class.
A species of bravery.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A set of atoms, molecules, ions, or other chemical entities that possess the same distinct characteristics with respect to a chemical process or measurement.
American Heritage Medicine
Webster's New World

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.

Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Species

  • 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


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