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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. An officinal mixture or compound powder of any kind; esp., one used for making an aromatic tea or tisane; a tea mixture.
  10. The form or shape given to materials; fashion or shape; form; figure.
  11. 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.
  12. A group of individuals having common marks or characteristics:- subordinate to a GENUS.
  13. Group agreeing in certain distinctive characteristics; sort; kind.
  14. A kind; sort.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A term used in the natural sciences to denote a group of closely- allied individuals: the division is purely artificial.

Usage examples for species

  1. " Of our own species? – The Reverberator by Henry James
  2. 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
  3. Some of these new species got rid of their shell entirely. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  4. 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
  5. This is a doubtful species. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  6. Choerocydnus foveolatus, new species. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The like is true of nearly every species. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  11. 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
  12. The strength of her species is the strength of the obstacles they overcome. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  13. 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
  14. " 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
  15. 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
  16. The Origin of Species. – The Life-Story of Insects by Geo. H. Carpenter
  17. We may, therefore, say with Ratzel, " There is only one species of man. – The Negro by W.E.B. Du Bois
  18. 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
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