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ˈtæk sɒn; ˈtæk sətax·on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. taxonomic group, taxonomic category, taxonnoun

    animal or plant group having natural relations

Wiktionary

  1. taxonnoun

    Any of the taxonomic categories such as phylum or subspecies

  2. taxonnoun

    A specific taxonomic category above superfamily and below infraorder; a parvorder

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  1. Taxon

    In biology, a taxon is a group of one populations of organism, which a taxonomist adjudges to be a unit. Usually a taxon is given a name and a rank, although neither is a requirement. Defining what belongs or does not belong to such a taxonomic group is done by a taxonomist with the science of taxonomy. It is not uncommon for one taxonomist to disagree with another on what exactly belongs to a taxon, or on what exact criteria should be used for inclusion. The idea of a "natural system" of classification goes back to the dawn of scientific nomenclature in the mid-18th Century, as indicated by the title of Carolus Linnaeus' 1758 Systema Naturae. Systematists since that time have striven to determine the true classification of the diversity of life, which was at that time thought to reflect the Plan of Creation. Today it is common to define a "good taxon" as one that reflects evolutionary relationships, but this is not mandatory, as is evident from commonly-used words for non-monophyletic entities such as invertebrates, conifers and fish. A taxon may be given a formal scientific name, the application of which is governed by one of the Nomenclature Codes, which set out rules to determine which scientific name is correct for that particular grouping.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of taxon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of taxon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of taxon in a Sentence

  1. Jelle Wiersma:

    It is always exciting to name a new fossil taxon, but it is equally exciting if that taxon also provides additional insights into the bigger picture of its life, such as its diet or aspects of its behavior, and the environment it lived in.

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