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’Compare with systematic name
- ‘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 trivial name enormis must be a joke as the holotype is only 23 mm in length!’
- ‘The trivial name nudus (L.) refers to the lack of cirri on the column of this new species of Camptocrinus.’
- ‘The trivial name is derived form the Latin ‘crista,’ meaning ridge, and ‘spina,’ meaning spine, describing the spined transverse ridges on the carapace.’
- ‘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.’
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