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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: 'appearance, kind', from specere 'to look (at)'

species

noun
     
spe‧cies W3 plural species [countable]
HB a group of animals or plants whose members are similar and can breed together to produce young animals or plants:
Seven species of birds of prey have been observed.
pandas and other endangered species (=ones that may soon no longer exist)
[↪ genus]
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