Meaning of neotype in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɪə(ʊ)tʌɪp/


  • 1Mineralogy
    historical, rare A mineral containing barium, now regarded as a variety of calcite.

  • 2A specimen chosen to serve as a new type in a case where the original type material has been lost or destroyed, or is inadequate in some way.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From neo- + type.