- a set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual or community, etc.
- the names or terms comprising a set or system.
Origin of nomenclature
Examples from the Web for nomenclatural
Dr. Thomson, with all his nomenclatural pretensions, has fallen into the same error.
The answer to this problem requires a taxonomic, rather than a nomenclatural, decision.American Weasels
E. Raymond Hall
It is a pity that, in the nature of the case, it could not fill the nomenclatural exigency sufficiently to survive.Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
They constitute a partial summary of the nomenclatural history of the typical subspecies.The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin
Still "Lovey" is something of a nomenclatural tin can on the tail of one's self respect.The Four Million
- the terminology used in a particular science, art, activity, etc
Word Origin and History for nomenclatural
c.1600, "a name," from Middle French nomenclature (16c.), from Latin nomenclatura "calling of names," from nomenclator "namer," from nomen "name" (see name (n.)) + calator "caller, crier," from calare "call out" (see claim (v.)).
Nomenclator in Rome was the title of a steward whose job was to announce visitors, and also of a prompter who helped a stumping politician recall names and pet causes of his constituents. Meaning "list or catalogue of names" first attested 1630s; that of "system of naming" is from 1660s; sense of "terminology of a science" is from 1789.
- A system of names used in a science, as of anatomical structures or biological organisms.