Word of the Day – Nomenclature

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Nomenclature (noun)


The devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline. / The term or terms applied to someone or something.

Early 17th century: from French, from Latin nomenclatura, from nomen ‘name’ + clatura ‘calling, summoning’ (from calare ‘to call’).

Example sentences

“The gene nomenclature follows the rules for gene symbols in wheat.”

“We prefer ‘customers’ over ‘punters’ as the nomenclature betting shop staff use.”

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