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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ap·pel·la·tive /əˈpɛlətɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ap·pel·la·tive, n.
 1. A common name, in distinction from a proper name. A common name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth. A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie.
 2. An appellation or title; a descriptive name.
    God chosen it for one of his appellatives to be the Defender of them.   --Jer. Taylor.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ap·pel·la·tive a.
 1. Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming.
 2. Gram. Common, as opposed to proper; denominative of a class.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun
      2: inclined to or serving for the giving of names; "the
         appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative
         function of some primitive rites" [syn: naming(a)]
      n : identifying word or words by which someone or something is
          called and classified or distinguished from others [syn:
          appellation, denomination, designation]