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1An individual animal, plant, piece of a mineral, etc., used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display.
- ‘Its displays cover millions of specimens, including fossils, meteorites, mammals, plants, minerals, and insects.’
- ‘Scientists use these reference specimens to help identify and characterize agriculturally important fungi.’
- ‘The glazed shelves lining the walls were designed to house Alexander's mineralogical specimens and books devoted to the subject.’
- ‘Another corner of the display showed zoological specimens, minerals and ores, and surgical instruments.’
- ‘The animal remains seem to represent only dissection material and were not used as specimens for display.’
- ‘Ray then spent thirteen years travelling around Britain and Europe collecting specimens and studying animals.’
- ‘From April onwards, we potter about outside, spotting gaps where we might plant another beautiful specimen,’
- ‘Studying specimens in the field may be limited due to time, budget, and weather constraints and making review difficult.’
- ‘He ventures above ground into wintertime Philadelphia to collect animal specimens.’
- ‘Borack shows the specific cases holding mammals, birds, paleontological specimens, fish and reptiles.’
- ‘Their work has brought them into contact with some macabre, yet scientifically fascinating, specimens.’
- ‘The expected value of analysing a single plant specimen, is the expected revenue less the costs.’
- 1.1 An example of something such as a product or piece of work, regarded as typical of its class or group.
- ‘The question in the specimen paper required the students to discuss the social criticism in The Big Sleep and other texts.’
- ‘Fill out a specimen ballot paper in your constituency.’
- 1.2 A sample for medical testing, especially of urine.
sample, example, bit, snippet, illustration, demonstration, exemplification, instance, selection, representative pieceView synonyms
- ‘I require you to provide a specimen of breath for a breath test.’
- ‘Urine specimens had been obtained and tested by the nursing staff.’
- ‘Sperm banks arose to store indefinitely thousands of specimens in a single location.’
- ‘They will report on the foods they eat and give biological specimens for testing.’
- ‘Miss Rossiter provided a specimen of urine to the surgery for analysis.’
- ‘He took a blood specimen from the appellant and the specimen was divided into two samples.’
- ‘The police officers required the respondent to provide a specimen of breath for a roadside breath test.’
- ‘The volunteers gave blood and urine specimens at each lab visit.’
- ‘A few test specimens might well be arriving at the lab in the next few weeks.’
- ‘Are there any medical reasons why a specimen of blood cannot or should not be taken by a doctor?’
- ‘Specimens of blood or urine are the alternatives…’
- 1.3informal Used to refer humorously to a person or animal.‘in her he found himself confronted by a sorrier specimen than himself’
- ‘He was like the perfect specimen of man… but he wasn't perfect for me.’
- ‘She was the most perfect female specimen in the whole damn world.’
- ‘I've known most of the world's most perfect physical specimens over the course of the last 30 years.’
- ‘My best guy friend was definitely not what you would call the ideal male specimen.’
- ‘Out of the doorway came the most perfect specimen of male youth I had ever seen out.’
- ‘She was the perfect specimen: thin arms, long legs, pouty lips.’
- ‘Too bad he is a member of the Underground Society, but he is still a perfect male specimen!’
- ‘He's a perfect American specimen.’
- ‘Why I chose to surround myself with perfect specimens I do not know.’
- ‘With Bianca's perfect figure, every single male specimen was bewitched by her.’
- ‘The blurry embodiment of a male specimen was making his way towards Audrae now.’
- ‘Here's another female specimen who's in love with him.’
- ‘Critics were perplexed by this seemingly perfect specimen, and swiftly termed her bland and banal.’
- ‘I remember thinking he was the most perfect specimen I've ever seen.’
- ‘It took me a second to home in on that perfect specimen of manly-buffness.’
- ‘They had to be perfect physical specimens able to handle enormous amounts of stress.’
- ‘You embody the perfect friend, the perfect companion, the perfect physical specimen.’
- ‘She was born a perfect female specimen.’
- ‘I just think it's weird that after going out with the finest specimen that the female race has to offer you can settle for less.’
- ‘I was never a perfect specimen of boyhood and always got chosen last or next to last.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘pattern, model’): from Latin, from specere ‘to look’.
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