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type specimen

noun, Biology
an individual organism from which the description of a species has been prepared.
Origin of type specimen
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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type specimen

(biology) the original specimen from which a description of a new species is made Also called holotype
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