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Characterizing term or name.
[G. epithetos, added, fr. epi- + tithēmi, to place]


a. A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.
b. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person, such as The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln.
2. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase.
3. Biology A word in the scientific name of an organism following the name of the genus and denoting a species, subspecies, variety, or cultivar, as sativa in Lactuca sativa.

ep′i·thet′ic, ep′i·thet′i·cal adj.
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In addition to these names which clearly take a feminine form within the name itself, there are also examples of occupational bynames which are presented in a feminine form by virtue of the article la, which is a French feminine form of "the" sometimes used in early English (le is the male form).
44-40", a byname that has stuck with this cartridge, and has actually overshadowed the load's original destination to become the accepted term in modern times.
Xun Ru of Henei, whose byname was Junlin, once traveled on icy roads to visit his maternal uncle, but died after falling into the river.
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Vergelyk hier verwysings na plekke, die landskap, natuur, kenmerkende byname, gesegdes, en verafrikaansing ran Engelse woorde.
COMING soon, cash dispensers which can greet customers byname,using new software which personalises transactions.