Definition of species noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈspiːʃiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspiːʃiːz//
(pl. species) Groups of animals, Cell biology, Conservation
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a group into which animals, plants, etc. that are able to breed with each other and produce healthy young are divided, smaller than a genus and identified by a Latin name a rare species of beetle There are many species of dog(s). a conservation area for endangered species Wordfinderbiodiversity, conservation, endanger, the environment, extinct, green, managed, species, sustainable, toxic Wordfinderbreed, class, classification, genus, hybrid, kingdom, order, phylum, species, taxonomy See related entries: Groups of animals, Cell biology, Conservation Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin, literally ‘appearance, form, beauty’, from specere ‘to look’.Extra examples Similar species of fish occur in Mongolia. The area is rich in different plant species. a native species of fish closely related species of beetle the development of the human species the threat posed by non-native invasive species
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