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 Dictionary entry overview: What does species mean? 

SPECIES (noun)
  The noun SPECIES has 2 senses:

1. (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
2. a specific kind of something

  Familiarity information: SPECIES used as a noun is rare.

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SPECIES (noun)

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(biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("species" is a kind of...):

taxon; taxonomic category; taxonomic group (animal or plant group having natural relations)

Meronyms (parts of "species"):

variety ((biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics)

Meronyms (members of "species"):

breed; stock; strain (a special variety of domesticated animals within a species)

form; strain; var.; variant ((biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "species"):

bacteria species (a species of bacteria)

endangered species (a species whose numbers are so small that the species is at risk of extinction)

type species ((biology) the species that best exemplifies the essential characteristics of the genus to which it belongs)

Holonyms ("species" is a member of...):

genus ((biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species)

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A specific kind of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

a species of molecule / a species of villainy

Hypernyms ("species" is a kind of...):

form; kind; sort; variety (a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality)

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