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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Distinguishing characteristics (especially in various species of a genus).

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  • The differentia between a crocodile and an aligator is obvious.
  • The character that distinguishes one species from others within the same genus is called the differentia specifica.
  • Popularly this was described by saying that the differentia is the knife that carves a species out of the genus.
  • For we are still faced with the apparent fact that genus + differentia constitutes a plurality even if the differentia is the last, or “completing,” one. for more
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