What does the word species mean?

  • 1. A biological division between the genus and a variety or the individual. 2. ( plural) A class of pharmaceutical preparations in the P. G. and N. F., consisting of a mixture of dried plants, not pulverized, but in sufficiently fine division to be conveniently used in the making of extemporaneous decoctions or infusions; a tea.

  • A class; a genus.

  • [ Latin] A subdivision of a genus comprising individuals whose characters are either precisely alike or differ by what may be regarded as inconstant variations impressed by differences in external circumstances. Thus the pear and apple, while belonging to the same genus, present certain constant differences which entitle them to be regarded as of a different s., but all the varieties of pear trees belong to the same s.

  • [ Latin] In pl., S., a tea-mixture; a powder used for making an infusion or tea to be used as a medicinal beverage. The S. of the G P. are the S. aromaticae, S. diureticae, S. emollientes, S. laxantes, S. lignorum, and S. pectorales. See Aromatic, Diuretic, Emollient, Laxative, Lignum, and Pectoral.

  • Officinal mixtures of substances cut or bruised. Sometimes used for compound powders, as it always appears to have been formerly. See Pulvis.

Usage examples for species

  1. Such a Name is called a 'Definition' of any Member of that Species, and to give it such a Name is to 'define' it. – Symbolic Logic by Lewis Carroll
  2. The lamb joined the flock at a short distance from the pony; but as their owner removed him, it immediately followed, without the least regard to its own species. – Minnie's Pet Lamb by Madeline Leslie
  3. From Vaygats Island we brought home seven species more, which were not found on Novaya Zemlya. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold

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