Definition of binominal in English:



  • 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.”’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.