Binomial Nomenclature

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binomial nomenclature

[bī′nō·mē·əl ‚nō·mən′klā·chər]
The Linnean system of classification requiring the designation of a binomen, the genus and species name, for every species of plant and animal.

Binomial Nomenclature


the designation of plants, animals, and microorganisms by a double name—by genus and species. Binomial nomenclature was introduced by C. Linnaeus, who systematically used it in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae (1759). All the generally accepted zoological and botanical nomenclature in Latin comes from this work—for example, Betula pubescens (white birch), Cervus elaphus (red deer).

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Amongst his most famous works are Systema Naturae (1735) and Species Plantarum (1753) in which binomial nomenclature was applied to plants for the first time.
Participating students have learned something about binomial nomenclature, are using the names of the eukaryotic kingdoms, and have been introduced to the organisms we will be studying throughout the semester.
Scientific and legal documents usually use binomial nomenclature (Latin nomenclature) when referring to plants.