One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for binomial (sense 2 of the adjective)
- ‘The Linnaean system of binominal nomenclature has been agreed upon by scientists from every country and every language as the standard way to name and talk about animals.’
- ‘Gorse and furze are synonymous, but neither means the same as their Linnean binominal ulex europaeus.’
- ‘Founded in 1788, it takes its name from the great Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, who promoted the binominal system that is used today for naming all plants and animals.’
- ‘Linnaeus, known as the father of modern Taxonomy, was born on 23 May 1707 and is credited with the development of the Latin binominal naming system for all living organisms’
- ‘During the summer of 1979 I continued my long-term investigation of the identity of the species of Conus proposed during the early decades of Linnaean binominal nomenclature, especially the first decade of the nineteenth century.’
Late 19th century: from Latin binominis, from bi- ‘having two’ + nomen, nomin- ‘name’ + -al.
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