One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.
- ‘This was supposed to be representative of the very best our species was capable of achieving?’
- ‘Organisms of a particular species all have the same genes but have different alleles.’
- ‘As in Darwin's theory of natural selection, a species must adjust to survive.’
- ‘Most species have no natural predators and so do not fear humans.’
- ‘They have found the genes that somewhat resemble the genes of the bird species.’
- 1.1Logic A group subordinate to a genus and containing individuals agreeing in some common attributes and called by a common name.
2A kind or sort.‘a species of invective at once tough and suave’
- ‘Is it that Graphic Design will be thought of as a species of decorative art or some kind of crazy expressive thing?’
- 2.1 Used humorously to refer to people who share a characteristic or occupation.‘a political species that is becoming more common, the environmental statesman’
- ‘Most writers deny thinking of a specific reader, or of a species called readers when writing.’
- ‘In an industry where song writers are a rare species, Louie X has come to stand-out as one of the most song writers of note.’
- 2.2Physics Chemistry A particular kind of atom, molecule, ion, or particle.‘a new molecular species’
The visible form of each of the elements of consecrated bread and wine in the Eucharist.
Late Middle English: from Latin, literally ‘appearance, form, beauty’, from specere ‘to look’.
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