Definition of specific epithet in US English:

specific epithet


Microbiology Botany
  • The second element in the Latin binomial name of a species, which follows the generic name and distinguishes the species from others in the same genus.

    • ‘The new species has since had popular media recognition under this name and it has therefore been preserved as the specific epithet.’


specific epithet

/spəˌsifik ˈepəTHet/