What does species mean?

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. speciesnoun

    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. speciesnoun

    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. speciesnoun

    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. 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.

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

  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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speciesnoun

    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. 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

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

  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

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

  4. Speciesnoun

    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. Speciesnoun

    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. Speciesnoun

    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. Speciesnoun

    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. Speciesnoun

    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. Speciesnoun

    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  

Entomology

  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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  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. Brooke Bateman:

    It's a combination of changes in temperature, precipitation and vegetation, and birds are going to have to move and shift to keep up with these changes. And then on top of the range shifts, we also have the pressure of changes in sea level rise, urbanization, extreme weather events that are going to affect these species no matter where they go.

  2. Andrew Tilker:

    We want to understand how threatened the silver-backed chevrotain is and to develop evidence-based conservation strategies to protect it, if we dont implement conservation efforts to protect this species now, the next time the species disappears, we might not find it again.

  3. Jelle Wiersma:

    It is extremely fascinating and important for the science of paleontology that we can read so much information from the fossil record, allowing us to better understand extinct organisms and the ecosystems they were a part of, a major long-term goal of our work in southern Utah is to try and understand why the species in The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument differ from relatives of the same geologic age found in other parts of Laramidia.

  4. Karla Salp:

    The vast majority of the reports we receive either are another species or do not provide nearly enough information for us to confirm.

  5. Charles Darwin:

    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

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