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What’s the Plural of Species?

Species is plural for species. Species is already a plural noun.



What’s the plural of species?

The noun species is itself plural and refers to more than one of something.  Therefore, species is a plural noun with no singular form. Certain plural nouns are only used as a plural; species is one such noun. These are called plural-only nouns.

What’s the singular of species?

A species refers to a class or kind of biological group. It has no singular noun form, since it refers to a collective or group (with shared attributes of some kind.)

What’s the definition of species?

The Merriam-Webster defines the word species as

A class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name. Specifically: “a logical division of a genus or more comprehensive class”.

Other irregular plural nouns

These nouns show no change between singular and plural noun forms:

Irregular nouns with one form.
Nouns with one form. By Gflex on Canva.

Examples of the word species used in sentences

1. Pandas are an endangered species.

2. Oak and arbutus trees are protected species here in Victoria.

3. There are several thousand species of trees here.

4. There are four species of large fruit-eating bats, called flying foxes, twenty of insect-eating bats, above twenty of land-rats, and five of water-rats.

5. Many species of plants and animals are endangered due to pollution.

Origin of the word species

From etymology online on species (n.),

“A class of individuals or things,” from Latin species “a particular sort, kind, or type” (opposed to genus), originally “a sight, look, view; outward appearance, shape, form,” a derivative of specere “to look at, to see, behold”.

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Sources

  1. Definition of species.
  2. Origin of the word species.
  3. Examples of species in sentences.


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