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  1. spe·cies
    IPA[ˈspēsēz]
  2. noun

    • 1. a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.

    • 2. a group subordinate to a genus and containing individuals agreeing in some common attributes and called by a common name.

    • 3. a kind or sort:

      a species of invective at once tough and suave
    • 4. used humorously to refer to people who share a characteristic or occupation:

      a political species that is becoming more common, the environmental statesman
    • 5. a particular kind of atom, molecule, ion, or particle:

      a new molecular species
    • 6. the visible form of each of the elements of consecrated bread and wine in the Eucharist.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: species, plural noun: species

    • noun

      a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.

      a group subordinate to a genus and containing individuals agreeing in some common attributes and called by a common name.

    • noun

      money in the form of coins rather than notes:
    • noun

      money in the form of coins rather than notes:
    • noun

      the particular species on which the description of a genus is based and with which the genus name remains associated during any taxonomic revision.
    • noun

      the natural mechanisms that prevent a virus or disease from spreading from one species to another.
    • noun

      a rose belonging to a distinct species and not to one of the many varieties produced by hybridization.
    • noun

      a species on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend, such that if it were removed the ecosystem would change drastically.
    • noun

      a species of animal or plant that is seriously at risk of extinction:
    • noun

      the species on which a genus is based and with which the genus name remains associated during any taxonomic revision.
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