Appellative - a. Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive
denomination; denominative; naming.
Appellative - a. Common, as opposed to proper; denominative of a class.
Appellative - n. 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.
Appellative - n. An appellation or title; a descriptive name.