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A scientific name in which the same word is used for both genus and species, for example "Vulpes vulpes" (the red fox)
- ‘There are 82 species of birds whose scientific names are tautonyms - that is, birds for which the two parts of the scientific name are the same.’
- ‘This would have had the effect of making the name Z. zizyphus a tautonym.’
- ‘Bird names in which the genus and species are identical except for capitalisation are apparently called tautonyms.’
- ‘The taxonomic Latin for ‘quahog’ is Mercenaria mercenaria - a tautonym that pays tribute to the use of quahog shells as wampum.’
- ‘In an attempt to gain acceptance for the use of duplicate binomials, MacMillan proposed the tautonym A. apios.’
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.