See also: spécimen

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin specimen ‎(mark, sign, example), from speciō ‎(observe, watch).

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NounEdit

specimen ‎(plural specimens or specimina)

  1. An individual instance that represents a class; an example.
    early specimens of the art of Picasso
    • 2006, Bill Neal, Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier
      To assure a defendant's acquittal, a lawyer usually needed only to convince the jury that the victim was a pretty sorry specimen of a human being.
  2. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.
  3. (humorous, often preceded with “fine”) An eligible man.
    Examples: Postcard: Leap Year, 1908, Postcard: Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From speciō ‎(observe, watch).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

specimen n ‎(genitive speciminis); third declension

  1. mark, token, sign, indication
  2. example, pattern, model
  3. ornament, honor

InflectionEdit

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative specimen specimina
genitive speciminis speciminum
dative speciminī speciminibus
accusative specimen specimina
ablative specimine speciminibus
vocative specimen specimina

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ReferencesEdit

  • specimen in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • specimen in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • specimen in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • an ideal: species optima or eximia, specimen, also simply species, forma
  • specimen in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
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