[hol-uh-tahyp, hoh-luh-]
noun Biology.
the type specimen used in the original description of a species.

1895–1900; holo- + -type

holotypic [hol-uh-tip-ik, hoh-luh-] , adjective
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holotype (ˈhɒləˌtaɪp)
biology another name for type specimen

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holotype hol·o·type (hŏl'ə-tīp', hō'lə-)
The specimen used as the basis of the original published description of a taxonomic group and later designated as the type specimen.

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holotype   (hŏl'ə-tīp', hō'lə-)  Pronunciation Key 
The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type species.
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The original description refers only to an allotype and compares paratypes to it, but does not mention a holotype.
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