Definition of Species

n. sing. &1.Visible or sensible presentation; appearance; a sensible percept received by the imagination; an image.
Wit, . . . the faculty of imagination in the writer, which searches over all the memory for the species or ideas of those things which it designs to represent.
- Dryden.
2.(Logic) 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.
3.In science, a more or less permanent group of existing things or beings, associated according to attributes, or properties determined by scientific observation.
4.A sort; a kind; a variety; as, a species of low cunning; a species of generosity; a species of cloth.
5.Coin, or coined silver, gold, or other metal, used as a circulating medium; specie.
There was, in the splendor of the Roman empire, a less quantity of current species in Europe than there is now.
- Arbuthnot.
6.A public spectacle or exhibition.
7.(Pharmacy) A component part of a compound medicine; a simple.
8.(Civil Law) The form or shape given to materials; fashion or shape; form; figure.
Incipient species
(Zool.) a subspecies, or variety, which is in process of becoming permanent, and thus changing to a true species, usually by isolation in localities from which other varieties are excluded.

Related Words

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