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Sensu lato

Definition

adverb

(Science: taxonomy) "In the broad sense" (especially of a taxon, that is including all its subordinate taxa and/or other taxa other times considered as distinct).


Supplement

A term in taxonomy to specify which circumscription of a given taxon is meant, where more than one circumscription has been defined. For instance: In the broader APG circumscription the family Malvaceae s.l. includes Malvaceae s.s. and also the families Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae and Tiliaceae.


Word origin: ablative case of sensus "sense" and latus "broad".


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