Sunday, November 8, 2009


— form, forma |fôrm| noun
( pl. forms)
a taxonomic category that ranks below variety, which contains organisms differing from the typical kind in some trivial, frequently impermanent, character, e.g., a color variant. Compare with subspecies and variety. Designated in the style Hibiscus moscheutos forma peckii.

ORIGIN from French -forme, from Latin -formis, from forma ‘form.’