a system of nomenclature in which each species is given a unique name that consists of a generic and a specific term.
a system for naming plants and animals by means of two Latin names: the first indicating the genus and the second the species to which the organism belongs, as in Panthera leo (the lion)
binomial nomenclature
The scientific system of naming an organism using two terms, the first being the genus and the second the species. The terms are usually Greek or Latin. For example, the scientific name of the narrow-leaf firethorn is Pyracantha angustifolia, where the genus is Greek for “fire thorn” and the species is Latin for “having narrow leaves.”


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    adjective of or denoting the binomial nomenclature noun a two-part taxonomic name; binomial Historical Examples The Systematics of the Frogs of the Hyla Rubra Group in Middle America Juan R. Len

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    binos binoculars Historical Examples The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Vol. I: Acadia, 1610-1613 Various A History of Inventions, Discoveries, and Origins, Volume I (of 2) Johann Beckman

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    adjective relating to or derived from two different ova: binovular fertilization, binovular twins

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