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noun 
  1. A term used to characterize a person or thing.
    • the Terrible in Ivan the Terrible
      1. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person.
    • The Young Pretender for Charles Edward Stuart
      1. An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
      2. (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.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: epitheton
  • French: épithète(fr)f
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")


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