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[par-uh-tahyp] /ˈpær əˌtaɪp/
noun, Biology
a specimen other than a type specimen that is used for the original description of a taxonomic group and specifically stated to be the one on which the original description of the taxon was based.
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paratypic [par-uh-tip-ik] /ˌpær əˈtɪp ɪk/ (Show IPA), adjective Unabridged
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