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Author Topic: Missing word?: forma  (Read 145 times)
mkenuk
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« on: August 24, 2017, 10:35:09 PM »

re the malefactor 10-letter game

COD has forma which it defines as 'a taxonomic category that ranks below 'variety'

One for Calilasseia perhaps?

I played it, thinking it meant something else, but obviously it was rejected.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 04:19:34 PM »

Definitely a rare word - absent from many dictionaries. Still, it is in a few of the Oxford dictionaries and the online Merriam-Webster, so I'll add it to our word list. The Shorter Oxford identifies it as an alternative to form, in the sense:

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Botany. A taxonomic grouping ranking below a variety, which contains organisms differing from a given variety, subspecies, etc, in some trivial, freq. impermanent, character, e.g. a colour variant.

The M-W definition is a little vaguer: "a distinguishable group of organisms".

Its plural can be either formae or formas, so formae will also be allowed in future.
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