Specimen Definition

spĕsə-mən
specimens
noun
A part of a whole, or one individual of a class or group, used as a sample or example of the whole, class, or group; typical part, individual, etc.
Webster's New World
An organism, part of an organism, or fossil that has been collected and usually preserved, especially for display or scientific research.
American Heritage Medicine
A (specified kind of) individual or person.
An unsavory specimen.
Webster's New World
A sample, as of urine, sputum, or blood, for analysis.
Webster's New World

(humorous, often preceded with “fine") An eligible man.

Examples: Postcard: Leap Year, 1908, Postcard: Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Specimen

Noun

Singular:
specimen
Plural:
specimens, specimina

Origin of Specimen

  • Latin example from specere to look at spek- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin specimen (“mark, sign, example"), from speciō (“observe, watch").

    From Wiktionary

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