- the science or technique of classification.
- a classification into ordered categories: a proposed taxonomy of educational objectives.
- Biology. the science dealing with the description, identification, naming, and classification of organisms.
Origin of taxonomy
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- the branch of biology concerned with the classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure, origin, etc
- the practice of arranging organisms in this way
- the science or practice of classification
C19: from French taxonomie, from Greek taxis order + -nomy
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Word Origin and History for taxonomical
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- The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.
- The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics.
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- The scientific classification of organisms into specially named groups based either on shared characteristics or on evolutionary relationships as inferred from the fossil record or established by genetic analysis.
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The classification of living things. (See Linnean classification.)
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