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common noun

noun, Grammar
1.
a noun that may be preceded by an article or other limiting modifier and that denotes any or all of a class of entities and not an individual, as man, city, horse, music.
Also called common name.
Compare proper noun.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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British Dictionary definitions for common name

common noun

noun
1.
(grammar) a noun that refers to each member of a whole class sharing the features connoted by the noun, as for example planet, orange, and drum Compare proper noun
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Contemporary definitions for common name
noun

the non-scientific name by which a species of plant is known, cf. scientific name

Examples

Scientific names often become the common names, especially through use by gardeners.

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