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ˈspi ʃiz, -sizspecies

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. species(noun)

    (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

  2. species(noun)

    a specific kind of something

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

Wiktionary

  1. species(Noun)

    A group of plants or animals having similar appearance.

    This species of animal is unique to the area.

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

  2. species(Noun)

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

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

  3. species(Noun)

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

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

  4. species(Noun)

    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.

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

  5. species(Noun)

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Species(noun)

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

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

  2. Species(noun)

    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

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

  3. Species(noun)

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

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

  4. Species(noun)

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

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

  5. Species(noun)

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

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

  6. Species(noun)

    a public spectacle or exhibition

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

  7. Species(noun)

    a component part of compound medicine; a simple

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

  8. Species(noun)

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

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

  9. Species(noun)

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

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

Freebase

  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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'species' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1003

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'species' in Nouns Frequency: #471

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Numerology

  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. Clint Penick:

    The ants that live alongside us in our cities also seem to be those same species that can eat the same food that we do, and do so the most.

  2. Selali Fiamanya:

    Both in Latin America and in Southeast Asia, and there is scope for future study, transmission, resistance and species variation all differ greatly across regions, but it is likely it is also occurring elsewhere.

  3. Chris Weaver:

    From my perspective, we're trying to conserve the species, not the individual animal, and this creates a benefit when it's done in a well-regulated fashion, and the benefits go to the local community.

  4. Gerald Keusch:

    Based onnodata, but simply [a] likely scenario is thatthe virus went from bats to some mammalian species, currently unknown despite speculation, [and] spilled over to humans.

  5. Heather Stockdale Walden:

    In Florida, we are finding it in both native and non-native snail species, and some of these snails have geographic ranges that extend well beyond Florida.

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