AskDefine | Define heterotypic

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Adjective

heterotypic
  1. literally "with a different type". In botanical nomenclature a heterotypic synonym (or taxonomic synonym) is a synonym that comes into being when a taxon is reduced in status ("reduced to synonymy") and becomes part of a different taxon. The zoological equivalent is "subjective synonym".

Synonyms

taxonomic

Antonyms

homotypic
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