Definition of neotype in English:

neotype

noun

  • 1Mineralogy. A mineral containing barium, now regarded as a variety of calcite. Now historical and rare.

  • 2Taxonomy. A specimen chosen to serve as a new type in a case where the original type material has been lost or destroyed, or is inadequate in some way.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From neo- + type. In sense 1 after German Neotyp.

Pronunciation

neotype

/ˈnɪə(ʊ)tʌɪp/