One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not quite typical; less than typical; (Zoology) deviating slightly from the type of a species or other taxon; specifically (in the quinary system of classification) designating a group of species considered to be of intermediate character between typical and aberrant forms (now historical).
2Of, relating to, or of the nature of a subtype.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Swainson (1789–1855), naturalist and artist. From sub- + typical.
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