What does SPECIES mean?

Definitions for SPECIES
ˈspi ʃiz, -sizspecies

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. speciesnoun

    (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

  2. speciesnoun

    a specific kind of something

    "a species of molecule"; "a species of villainy"


  1. speciesnoun

    A group of plants or animals having similar appearance.

    This species of animal is unique to the area.

  2. speciesnoun

    A rank in the classification of organisms, below genus and above subspecies; a taxon at that rank

  3. speciesnoun

    A mineral with a unique chemical formula whose crystals belong to a unique crystallographic system.

  4. speciesnoun

    The image of something cast on a surface, or reflected from a surface, or refracted through a lens or telescope; a reflection.

    I cast the species of the Sun onto a sheet of paper through a telescope.

  5. speciesnoun

    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.

  6. Etymology: From species, from specio + -ies suffix signifying abstract noun.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Speciesnoun

    Etymology: species, Latin.

    A special idea is called by the schools a species; it is one common nature that agrees to several singular individual beings: so horse is a special idea or species as it agrees to Bucephalus, Trot, and Snowball. Isaac Watts.

    He intendeth only the care of the species or common natures, but letteth loose the guard of individuals or single existencies. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    For we are animals no less,
    Although of different species. Hudibras.

    Thou nam’st a race which must proceed from me,
    Yet my whole species in myself I see. Dryden.

    A mind of superior or meaner capacities than human would constitute a different species, though united to a human body in the same laws of connexion: and a mind of human capacities would make another species, if united to a different body in different laws of connexion. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    An apparent diversity between the species visible and audible is, that the visible doth not mingle in the medium, but the audible doth. Francis Bacon.

    It is a most certain rule, how much any body hath of colour, so much hath it of opacity, and by so much the more unfit it is to transmit the species. John Ray, on the Creation.

    The species of the letters illuminated with blue were nearer to the lens than those illuminated with deep red by about three inches, or three and a quarter; but the species of the letters illuminated with indigo and violet appeared so confused and indistinct, that I could not read them. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Wit in the poet, or wit-writing is no other than the faculty of imagination in the writer, which searches over all the memory for the species or ideas of those things which it designs to represent. Dryden.

    Shews and species serve best with the common people. Francis Bacon.

    As there was in the time of the greatest splendour of the Roman empire, a less quantity of current species in Europe than there is now, Rome possessed a much greater proportion of the circulating species of its time than any European city. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. Species

    In biology, a species is the basic unit of classification and a taxonomic rank of an organism, as well as a unit of biodiversity. A species is often defined as the largest group of organisms in which any two individuals of the appropriate sexes or mating types can produce fertile offspring, typically by sexual reproduction. Other ways of defining species include their karyotype, DNA sequence, morphology, behaviour or ecological niche. In addition, paleontologists use the concept of the chronospecies since fossil reproduction cannot be examined. The most recent rigorous estimate for the total number of species of eukaryotes is between 8 and 8.7 million. However, only about 14% of these had been described by 2011.All species (except viruses) are given a two-part name, a "binomial". The first part of a binomial is the genus to which the species belongs. The second part is called the specific name or the specific epithet (in botanical nomenclature, also sometimes in zoological nomenclature). For example, Boa constrictor is one of the species of the genus Boa, with constrictor being the species' epithet. While the definitions given above may seem adequate at first glance, when looked at more closely they represent problematic species concepts. For example, the boundaries between closely related species become unclear with hybridisation, in a species complex of hundreds of similar microspecies, and in a ring species. Also, among organisms that reproduce only asexually, the concept of a reproductive species breaks down, and each clone is potentially a microspecies. Although none of these are entirely satisfactory definitions, and while the concept of species may not be a perfect model of life, it is still an incredibly useful tool to scientists and conservationists for studying life on Earth, regardless of the theoretical difficulties. If species were fixed and clearly distinct from one another, there would be no problem, but evolutionary processes cause species to change. This obliges taxonomists to decide, for example, when enough change has occurred to declare that a lineage should be divided into multiple chronospecies, or when populations have diverged to have enough distinct character states to be described as cladistic species. Species were seen from the time of Aristotle until the 18th century as fixed categories that could be arranged in a hierarchy, the great chain of being. In the 19th century, biologists grasped that species could evolve given sufficient time. Charles Darwin's 1859 book On the Origin of Species explained how species could arise by natural selection. That understanding was greatly extended in the 20th century through genetics and population ecology. Genetic variability arises from mutations and recombination, while organisms themselves are mobile, leading to geographical isolation and genetic drift with varying selection pressures. Genes can sometimes be exchanged between species by horizontal gene transfer; new species can arise rapidly through hybridisation and polyploidy; and species may become extinct for a variety of reasons. Viruses are a special case, driven by a balance of mutation and selection, and can be treated as quasispecies.


  1. species

    Species is a fundamental category of taxonomic classification in biology, typically ranking below genus, comprising related organisms that share common characteristics and can interbreed to produce fertile offspring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speciesnoun

    visible or sensible presentation; appearance; a sensible percept received by the imagination; an image

  2. Speciesnoun

    a group of individuals agreeing in common attributes, and designated by a common name; a conception subordinated to another conception, called a genus, or generic conception, from which it differs in containing or comprehending more attributes, and extending to fewer individuals. Thus, man is a species, under animal as a genus; and man, in its turn, may be regarded as a genus with respect to European, American, or the like, as species

  3. Speciesnoun

    in science, a more or less permanent group of existing things or beings, associated according to attributes, or properties determined by scientific observation

  4. Speciesnoun

    a sort; a kind; a variety; as, a species of low cunning; a species of generosity; a species of cloth

  5. Speciesnoun

    coin, or coined silver, gold, ot other metal, used as a circulating medium; specie

  6. Speciesnoun

    a public spectacle or exhibition

  7. Speciesnoun

    a component part of compound medicine; a simple

  8. Speciesnoun

    an officinal mixture or compound powder of any kind; esp., one used for making an aromatic tea or tisane; a tea mixture

  9. Speciesnoun

    the form or shape given to materials; fashion or shape; form; figure

  10. Etymology: [L., a sight, outward appearance, shape, form, a particular sort, kind, or quality, a species. See Spice, n., and cf. Specie, Special.]


  1. Species

    In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biological classification and a taxonomic rank. A species is often defined as a group of organisms capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. While in many cases this definition is adequate, the difficulty of defining species is known as the species problem. Differing measures are often used, such as similarity of DNA, morphology, or ecological niche. Presence of specific locally adapted traits may further subdivide species into "infraspecific taxa" such as subspecies. Species hypothesized to have the same ancestors are placed in one genus, based on similarities. The similarity of species is judged based on comparison of physical attributes, especially their DNA sequences, where available. All species are given a two-part name, a "binomial name". The first part of a binomial name is the generic name, the genus of the species. The second part is either called the specific name or the specific epithet. For example, Boa constrictor is one of four species of the Boa genus. The first part of the name is capitalized, and the second part has a lower case. The binomial name is written in italics when printed and underlined when handwritten.

Editors Contribution

  1. species

    A specific kind or type.

    The primary species of plants were noted with their plant passports.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  


  1. Species

    an aggregation of individuals alike in appearance and structure, mating freely and producing young that themselves mate freely and bear fertile offspring resembling each other and their parents: a species includes all its varieties and races.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'SPECIES' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3999

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SPECIES in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SPECIES in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of SPECIES in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Geisler:

    The new fossil species these authors describe show a transitional state between other fossil Kogiids and the two living species, its skull is like those of the living species except that it has a longer snout that is not downturned.

  2. Bob Peterson:

    There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, most of which do not feed on people, it is not practical or desirable -- indeed it's not even possible -- to wipe out all populations of all mosquito species. No one is seriously contemplating that.

  3. Zhou Jinfeng:

    All medicinal treatment should be on the principle of 'do no harm' to those using, or making it and to the species it depends on; meaning in most cases no vertebrate should be used within TCM.

  4. Benjamin Englich:

    We don't have a complete skeleton for a dinosaur this big from this time period, that means it's a species we haven't seen before from this era.

  5. Bill Jennings:

    We cannot stand aside and watch species go extinct simply because special interests have captured our regulatory agencies and they refuse to comply with laws enacted to protect fish and water quality.

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