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hol·o·type

 (hŏl′ə-tīp′, hō′lə-)
n.
The single specimen or other element used or designated as the type specimen of a species or subspecies in the original published description of the taxon.

hol′o·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk) adj.

holotype

(ˈhɒləˌtaɪp)
n
(Biology) biology another name for type specimen
holotypic adj

hol•o•type

(ˈhɒl əˌtaɪp, ˈhoʊ lə-)

n.
the single specimen used as the basis for the original description of a species.
hol`o•typ′ic (-ˈtɪp ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holotype - the original specimen from which the description of a new species is madeholotype - the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
References in periodicals archive ?
To write that 'Boxgrove Man' is the first Briton, Englishman (or Sussexonian) is as ludicrous as calling the type fossil of Australopithecus afarensis the 'first Tanzanian'.
The finder of the fossil was the partnership's own Ken Bradshaw, who said: "These marl slate rocks frequently show up mackerel type fossils and sections of fish and sometimes ferns and plant material.
TYPE fossils found dating to the period 350million ago.