- (taxonomy) The name by which a species is known to the general public, rather than its taxonomic or scientific name.
- 2016, James Lambert, “Ornithonymy and Lexicographical Selection Criteria”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 30, number 1, page 39–62:
- From the point of view of biology, a bird has both a scientific name and a common name.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see common, name.
a name by which a species is known to the general public