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 for Species
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Species \Spe"cies\, n. sing. & pl. [L., a sight, outward
     appearance, shape, form, a particular sort, kind, or quality,
     a species. See Spice, n., and cf. Specie, Special.]
     1. Visible or sensible presentation; appearance; a sensible
        percept received by the imagination; an image. [R.] "The
        species of the letters illuminated with indigo and
        violet." --Sir I. Newton.
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              Wit, . . . the faculty of imagination in the writer,
              which searches over all the memory for the species
              or ideas of those things which it designs to
              represent.                            --Dryden.
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     Note: In the scholastic philosophy, the species was sensible
           and intelligible. The sensible species was that in any
           material, object which was in fact discerned by the
           mind through the organ of perception, or that in any
           object which rendered it possible that it should be
           perceived. The sensible species, as apprehended by the
           understanding in any of the relations of thought, was
           called an intelligible species. "An apparent diversity
           between the species visible and audible is, that the
           visible doth not mingle in the medium, but the audible
           doth." --Bacon.
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     2. (Logic) A group of individuals agreeing in common
        attributes, and designated by a common name; a conception
        subordinated to another conception, called a genus, or
        generic conception, from which it differs in containing or
        comprehending more attributes, and extending to fewer
        individuals. Thus, man is a species, under animal as a
        genus; and man, in its turn, may be regarded as a genus
        with respect to European, American, or the like, as
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     3. In science, a more or less permanent group of existing
        things or beings, associated according to attributes, or
        properties determined by scientific observation.
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     Note: In mineralogy and chemistry, objects which possess the
           same definite chemical structure, and are fundamentally
           the same in crystallization and physical characters,
           are classed as belonging to a species. In Zoology and
           botany, a species is an ideal group of individuals
           which are believed to have descended from common
           ancestors, which agree in essential characteristics,
           and are capable of indefinitely continued fertile
           reproduction through the sexes. A species, as thus
           defined, differs from a variety or subspecies only in
           the greater stability of its characters and in the
           absence of individuals intermediate between the related
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     4. A sort; a kind; a variety; as, a species of low cunning; a
        species of generosity; a species of cloth.
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     5. Coin, or coined silver, gold, or other metal, used as a
        circulating medium; specie. [Obs.]
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              There was, in the splendor of the Roman empire, a
              less quantity of current species in Europe than
              there is now.                         --Arbuthnot.
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     6. A public spectacle or exhibition. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     7. (Pharmacy)
        (a) A component part of a compound medicine; a simple.
        (b) (Med.) An officinal mixture or compound powder of any
            kind; esp., one used for making an aromatic tea or
            tisane; a tea mixture. --Quincy.
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     8. (Civil Law) The form or shape given to materials; fashion
        or shape; form; figure. --Burill.
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     Incipient species (Zool.), a subspecies, or variety, which
        is in process of becoming permanent, and thus changing to
        a true species, usually by isolation in localities from
        which other varieties are excluded.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
      2: a specific kind of something; "a species of molecule"; "a
         species of villainy"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  99 Moby Thesaurus words for "species":
     animal kingdom, antonomasia, binomial nomenclature, biosystematics,
     biosystematy, biotype, blood, branch, brand, breed, brood, cast,
     character, clan, class, classification, color, deme, denomination,
     description, designation, family, feather, folk, form, genotype,
     genre, gens, genus, glossology, grain, house, ilk, kidney, kin,
     kind, kingdom, label, line, lineage, lot, make, manner, mark,
     matriclan, mold, nation, nature, nomenclature, number, onomastics,
     onomatology, order, orismology, patriclan, people, persuasion,
     phratry, phyle, phylum, place-names, place-naming, plant kingdom,
     polyonymy, race, section, sept, series, shape, sort, stamp, stem,
     stirps, stock, strain, stripe, style, subclass, subfamily,
     subgenus, subkingdom, suborder, subspecies, subtribe, superclass,
     superfamily, superorder, superspecies, systematics, taxonomy,
     terminology, the like of, the likes of, toponymy, totem, tribe,
     trinomialism, type, variety

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