One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Latin name which has been rejected despite being a senior synonym or senior homonym, through having been unused for a period specified in the appropriate code of biological nomenclature.
1960s. From scientific Latin nomen oblitum from classical Latin nōmen + oblītum, neuter singular of oblītus forgotten.
nomen oblitum/ˌnəʊmən əˈbliːtəm//ˌnəʊmɛn əˈbliːtəm/
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