Generic vs Binominal - What's the difference?

generic | binominal |


As adjectives the difference between generic and binominal

is that generic is very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific while binominal is (biology|taxonomy) consisting of two names.

As nouns the difference between generic and binominal

is that generic is a product sold under a generic name while binominal is (biology|taxonomy) a scientific name, at the rank of species, with two terms: a generic name and a specific name.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

generic

Alternative forms

* generick

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific.
  • :* "...the essence is that such self-describing poets describe what is in them, but not peculiar to them, – what is generic , not what is special and individual." — Walter Bagehot (1826–1877)
  • Lacking in precision, often in an evasive fashion; vague; imprecise.
  • (of a product or drug) Not having a brand name.
  • (biology, not comparable) Of or relating to a taxonomic genus.
  • (grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.
  • Words like salesperson and firefighter are generic .
  • (computing) (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.
  • (geometry, of a point) Having coordinates that are algebraically independent over the base field.
  • Synonyms

    * (comprehensive) general * (lacking a brand) unbranded

    Antonyms

    * (comprehensive) specific, proprietary * (lacking a brand) non-generic, proprietary, branded

    Derived terms

    * genericity * genericness

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A product sold under a generic name
  • A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties
  • (grammar) A term that specifies neither male nor female.
  • * 1998 , Jacqueline A. Dienemann, Nursing administration: managing patient care
  • binominal

    English

    (Binominal nomenclature)

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (biology, taxonomy) consisting of two names
  • (biology, taxonomy) pertaining to the noun binomen
  • (biology, taxonomy) pertaining to the nomenclature system for the rank of species in biological taxonomy
  • :: The principle of binominal nomenclature is important in the ICZN.

    Synonyms

    * (sense) binomial

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (biology, taxonomy) a scientific name, at the rank of species, with two terms: a generic name and a specific name.
  • * See species name for usage and example.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense) binomen * (sense) binomial * (sense) binomial name * (sense) binominal name * (sense) species name