specific epithet (plural specific epithets)
- (taxonomy, botany) The second (uncapitalized) word in the scientific name of a species, following the name of the genus.
- In Cannabis sativa the word sativa is the specific epithet.
- The term specific epithet usually refers to the second element in the formal name of a plant, fungus, or bacterium. The corresponding element in the formal name of an animal is normally called its specific name.
(taxonomy, botany) second word in the scientific name of a species