Definitions for Taxonomytækˈsɒn ə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tax•on•o•mytækˈsɒn ə mi(n.)

  1. the science or technique of classification.

    Category: Biology

  2. the science dealing with the description, identification, naming, and classification of organisms.

    Category: Biology

  3. any classification, esp. the systematic classification of organisms into hierarchical groups or taxa.

Origin of taxonomy:

1805–15; < F taxonomie < Gk táx(is) arrangement (see taxis1) + F -onomie (see -o -, -nomy )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. taxonomy(noun)

    a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc

  2. taxonomy(noun)

    (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification

  3. taxonomy(noun)

    practice of classifying plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships


  1. taxonomy(Noun)

    The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms.

  2. taxonomy(Noun)

    The classification in a hierarchical system.

  3. Origin: From taxonomie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taxonomy(noun)

    that division of the natural sciences which treats of the classification of animals and plants; the laws or principles of classification


  1. Taxonomy

    Taxonomy is the academic discipline of defining groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics and giving names to those groups. Each group is given a rank and groups of a given rank can be aggregated to form a super group of higher rank and thus create a hierarchical classification. The groups created through this process are referred to as taxa. An example of a modern classification is the one published in 2009 by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group for all living flowering plant families. Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist is regarded as the father of modern taxonomy.

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