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speciesnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspiː.ʃiːz/ us /ˈspiː.ʃiːz/ plural species

B2 a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other:

Mountain gorillas are an endangered species.
Over a hundred species of insect are found in this area.
figurative humorous Women film directors in Hollywood are a rare species.
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speciesnoun [ C ]

us /ˈspi·ʃiz, -siz/ plural species

biology a set of animals or plants, members of which have similar characteristics to each other and which can breed with each other

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We cannot accept a ban on certain local feeding practices as this would seriously disrupt existing national schemes for the protection of endangered species.
They have also four panels dealing with tropical tuna, with temperate tuna, the north and temperate tuna south and other species.
In addition, this minke whale is an endangered species and it would be preferable to keep to the arrangement to protect all whales.
In endorsing a move to multiannual and multi-species quotas, it promotes an approach to fisheries management that is better for the industry and the environment alike.
We are thus unable even to completely protect the species we have placed on our lists of species we have promised to protect.
The most important thing is possibly also the ban on re-use within the same species, that is, the fact that we are rejecting cannibalism.
Multi-species and multi-annual management is welcome.
Fishing of these species has certain characteristics in common, irrespective of where it takes place, which is why we have proposed a coherent package of measures.
I repeat this statement in the light of the fact that we have fed herbivores, in other words plant eaters, their own species.
Something in the order of 55 percent of all species of bird are endangered, as are no less than 45 percent of butterfly species, to mention just two examples.