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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Binary nomenclature is not limited to biological nomenclature. Binomials are commonly used in general language with a noun representing a collective name and an adjective used as distinguisher (e.g., grizzly bear, polar bear).
Taxonomists have been rejiggering the standard biological nomenclature system for all of the 264 years since Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus published its first form.
In 2000 a draft of a PhyloCode was finally promulgated on the World Wide Web, with an attempt at replacement or parallel use of the current systems of biological nomenclature with "a precise, coherent, international system for naming clades" by explicit reference to phylogeny (Cantino & de Queiroz, 2000).
We could, of course, devise a system of biological nomenclature that would be perfectly stable, but in the end it would be almost certainly be useless scientifically.

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