Sunday, November 8, 2009


— spe·cies | ˈspēsēz; - sh ēz| noun
(abbr.: sp.)( pl. same) a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g., Hibiscus fragilisfragilis being the species name.

ORIGIN ate Middle English : from Latin, literally ‘appearance, form, beauty,’ from specere ‘to look'.