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specific epithet

n.
The uncapitalized Latin adjective or noun that follows a capitalized genus name in binomial nomenclature and serves to distinguish a species from others in the same genus, as saccharum in Acer saccharum (sugar maple). Also called trivial name.
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Yabuuchi, "Recognition of nomenclatural standing of Salmonella typhi (Approved Lists 1980), Salmonella enteritidis (Approved Lists 1980) and Salmonella typhimurium (Approved Lists 1980), and conservation of the specific epithets enteritidis and typhimurium.
and request for an opinion to conserve the specific epithet paratyphi in the binary combination Salmonella paratyphi as nomen epitheton conservandum," International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, vol.
Thus, the names used for the specific epithets in the first column of Table 1 (original spellings) should be considered correct.
In the case of names based on two plants belonging to the same genus, the suffix indicating rank is appended to the stem of the genus after a connecting vowel; this is followed by both specific epithets, the stem of the first followed by a connecting vowel, linked to the second epithet with a hyphen.
Although most of the names are infraspecific, there are also many problematic and overlooked specific epithets and combinations.
I won't go into the specific epithets I spewed forth, but suffice it to say had you been in the car, it would be a day you remembered.
That brings me to the final strategy, an exception from first amendment protection, not for specific epithets or epithets generally, but for the ideas expressed through epithets.
When I claim that the epic bard could choose specific epithets, I am disputing only the extent to which Parry took his argument about the virtual meaninglessness of the epithet:
The specific epithet means lady-fern, referring to its delicate and lacy appearance.
The specific epithet refers to the six-angled appearance of the rachis wing (Snyder and Bruce 1986).
The specific epithet is referring to the sterile blades that aredivided into three major parts, each of which is again divided into three parts (Theiret 1980).
The specific epithet is referring to the fact that this species persists throughout winter (Thieret 1980).