- A term used to characterize a person or thing.
- the Terrible in Ivan the Terrible
- A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person.
- The Young Pretender for Charles Edward Stuart
- An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
- (biology) A word in the scientific name of a taxon following the name of the genus or species. This applies only to formal names of plants, fungi and bacteria. In formal names of animals an epithet does not occur.
- in Cannabis sativa the word sativa is a specific epithet.
- in Festuca ovina subsp. guestphalica the word guestphalica is an infraspecific epithet.
Etymology: From Latin, from Greek epithèton, an adjective often used as a noun, from neut. of epithètos "attributed, added," from epitithènai "to add on," from epi- "in addition" + tithènai "to put" (from Proto-Indo-European root dhe- "to put, to do")
- Dutch: epitheton
- French: épithète(fr)f
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