An Illustrated and Cross-Referenced Glossary of
Malacological and Conchological Terms

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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JUNIOR SYNONYM   A latter name for a SPECIES with an acceptable prior name.

SUBJECTIVE SYNONYMY   A name representing, in the author's opinion, the same entity as that represented by another name; see also: SYNONYM.

SYNONYM   One of two or more names given to a SPECIES; customarily, the later of two different names that have been bestowed upon a single species or GENUS... technically, both are synonyms, one senior and the other junior; see also: CHRESONYMY; JUNIOR SYNONYM; SYNONYMY. .

SYNONYMIZE   To state that two or more names represent the same biological entity. See also: SYNONYM.

SYNONYMY   A list of the various different scientific names, regardless of validity or correctness, that have been used to designate a single biological entity. See also: CHRESONYMY; HOMONYMY; SUBJECTIVE SYNONYMY; SYNONYM.

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