One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A name that is in general use although not part of systematic nomenclature.‘its common trivial name is citric acid’
- ‘We listed a trivial name only in cases, such as ‘methyl orange’, where all that was needed was to identify ‘the substance in the bottle’.’
- ‘The Levinson system of nomenclature was proposed originally for rare-earth minerals in order to avoid a proliferation of trivial names.’
- ‘IUPAC maintains a number of historical names called trivial names that identify well-known elements and compounds.’
- 1.1Zoology another term for specific epithet
- ‘The generic name is taken from the trivial name of Xanthilites verrucoides in reference to the wart-like appearance of the ornamentation of the two species in this genus.’
- ‘The trivial name alludes to the row of metal spines on the third pereiopod which distinguishes this species from other members of the genus.’
- ‘The trivial name nudus (L.) refers to the lack of cirri on the column of this new species of Camptocrinus.’
- ‘The trivial name enormis must be a joke as the holotype is only 23 mm in length!’
- ‘The trivial name is derived form the Latin ‘crista,’ meaning ridge, and ‘spina,’ meaning spine, describing the spined transverse ridges on the carapace.’
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