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Definitions of species

  1. ( biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
  2. a specific kind of something; " a species of molecule"; " a species of villainy"
  3. Visible or sensible presentation; appearance; a sensible percept received by the imagination; an image.
  4. A group of individuals agreeing in common attributes, and designated by a common name; a conception subordinated to another conception, called a genus, or generic conception, from which it differs in containing or comprehending more attributes, and extending to fewer individuals. Thus, man is a species, under animal as a genus; and man, in its turn, may be regarded as a genus with respect to European, American, or the like, as species.
  5. In science, a more or less permanent group of existing things or beings, associated according to attributes, or properties determined by scientific observation.
  6. A sort; a kind; a variety; as, a species of low cunning; a species of generosity; a species of cloth.
  7. Coin, or coined silver, gold, ot other metal, used as a circulating medium; specie.
  8. A public spectacle or exhibition.
  9. A component part of compound medicine; a simple.
  10. An officinal mixture or compound powder of any kind; esp., one used for making an aromatic tea or tisane; a tea mixture.
  11. The form or shape given to materials; fashion or shape; form; figure.
  12. A group of animals or plants agreeing in common characteristics and called by a common name; a subdivision of a genus or class; kind; sort; variety.
  13. 1. A biological division between the genus and a variety or the individual. 2. ( plural) A class of pharmaceutical preparations in the P. G. and N. F., consisting of a mixture of dried plants, not pulverized, but in sufficiently fine division to be conveniently used in the making of extemporaneous decoctions or infusions; a tea.
  14. A class; a genus.
  15. A group of individuals having common marks or characteristics:- subordinate to a GENUS.
  16. Group agreeing in certain distinctive characteristics; sort; kind.
  17. A group of animals or plants subordinate to a genus.
  18. A kind; sort.
  19. A class of natural objects having common qualities; a class of plants or animals such as has been or may be derived by germination or generation from a common root or stock; the subdivision of a genus; sort; kind; appearance to the senses or the mind.
  20. A sort; a kind; a race; a group of individuals or objects sufficiently identical in all their natural qualities to justify the conclussion that they may have sprung from a common stock; a collection of like individuals produced by other individuals equally like them; a rank subordinate to a genus; a group of individuals agreeing in common attributes, and designated by a common name; in med., the component part of a compound medicine.
  21. A term used in the natural sciences to denote a group of closely- allied individuals: the division is purely artificial.
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Quotes of species

  1. Each simian had a much different body suit, so besides trying to define class across species there was a definite attempt to dress each group in different styles. – Colleen Atwood
  2. If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. – George Carlin
  3. Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species – Thomas Carlyle
  4. We observe closely related species in sympatry and infer how they evolved from a common ancestor. – Peter R. Grant
  5. When I was in the seventh grade I did a report about the environment and the loss of species It was supposed to be only a few pages, but ended up being nearly 50. – Woody Harrelson
  6. A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. – Thomas Jefferson
  7. But it really wasn't until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons with other fossil discoveries, that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor. – Donald Johanson
  8. There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
  9. Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species and be loving. – John Lithgow
  10. There is only one valid species of voyage, which is walk towards the men. – Ella Maillart
  11. Aquatic invasive species are destroying the environment, damaging fisheries, and costing American taxpayers billions of dollars annually. – John M. McHugh
  12. Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. – Joyce Carol Oates
  13. It is a drastic mistake to eliminate the provisions that have to do with the protection of habitat for endangered species It is my opinion that the Endangered Species Act is 99 percent about protecting critical habitat. – Jim Saxton
  14. We can understand, too, that natural species are chosen not because they are 'good to eat' but because they are 'good to think.' – Levi Strauss
  15. But the truth is that Homo sapiens is a sensual species I think all species are, to one degree or another. – Jock Sturges

Usage examples for species

  1. " Of our own species – The Reverberator by Henry James
  2. It is impossible to separate an individual of any species from his kin. – Light On The Path and Through the Gates of Gold by Mabel Collins
  3. My friend had achieved a feat in natural history; in ten words he had defined a species – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  4. Inspector Bristol, though a man of considerable culture, clearly was infected with a species of supernatural dread. – The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by Sax Rohmer
  5. The differences of the present Dromius from its more northern representatives are, as just stated, small; nevertheless, since they are fixed, those naturalists who do not believe in geographical influence might choose to consider them of sufficient importance to erect a new species upon. – On the Variation of Species, with Especial Reference to the Insecta ; Followed by an Inquiry into the Nature of Genera by Thomas Vernon Wollaston
  6. Some of these new species got rid of their shell entirely. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  7. I was advancing alone, gazing at all this with a species of dull indifference which masked for the moment the suspense I felt at heart, when a man, coming on foot along the street, crossed quickly to me and looked me in the face. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  8. Yet with all his folly he was not went in a certain species of cunning. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  9. We may, therefore, say with Ratzel, " There is only one species of man. – The Negro by W.E.B. Du Bois
  10. This is a doubtful species – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  11. " Work," said Gabriel, " is neither a punishment nor a virtue; it is a hard law to which we have to submit for self- preservation and for the welfare of the species – The Shadow of the Cathedral by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
  12. But we have learned in the Lilac that the scales are modified leaves, and follow the leaf- arrangement of the species – Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf by Jane H. Newell
  13. Of course he was greatly interested in the life of his own species at that time; he loved part of it, he hated part; but he was no friend to either. – The Mettle of the Pasture by James Lane Allen
  14. For the love of heaven, have a look at some of your species and if you can get me some seed, do." – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  15. The strength of her species is the strength of the obstacles they overcome. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  16. The Origin of Species – The Life-Story of Insects by Geo. H. Carpenter
  17. The like is true of nearly every species – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  18. Indeed, I go so far as to hope that I regarded myself while dressing as a species of savage young wolf or other wild beast. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  19. If there is any species of mankind that I despise, it is that of a flirt, a society man, a ladies' man. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  20. Choerocydnus foveolatus, new species – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey