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spe·cif·ic ep·i·thet

in bacteriology, the second part of the name of a species; it is not, by itself, a name; the name of a bacterial species consists of two parts, the generic name and the specific epithet.

specific epithet

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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The specific epithet is taken from the type locality and is treated as a noun in apposition.
The specific epithet, regarded as a noun in apposition, is from the Hawaiian word "huinakolu" meaning triangle, and refers to the almost equilateral triangular shape to the abdomen.
with attractive three-lobed foliage (hence the specific epithet "trilobum").
Eponymy: The specific epithet is for Georg Rumphius, who first
The genetic name Trigonella, we are told, derives from the triangular shape of the small yellowish--white flowers, while the specific epithet means "Greek hay", given by the Romans who got the plant from Greece, where it was a very common crop in ancient times.
No plant hunter has more plant families named after him, the specific epithet forestii incorporated into the identification labels on hundreds of thousands of plants in garden centres all over the world.
The specific epithet means lady-fern, referring to its delicate and lacy appearance.
Traditional binomial names, if used, would no longer reflect a genus and specific epithet and could be replaced with uninomials.
The specific epithet literally means "hedgehog," and the etymology of "pine" coincides with "pain.
The specific epithet refers to the tooth-like lobes on the labellum.

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