or Lin·ne·an

[ li-nee-uh n ]
/ lɪˈni ən /


of or relating to Linnaeus, who established the binomial system of scientific nomenclature.
noting or pertaining to a system of botanical classification introduced by him, based mainly on the number or characteristics of the stamens and pistils.

Origin of Linnaean

First recorded in 1745–55; Linnae(us) + -an

Related forms

post-Lin·ne·an, adjectivepre-Lin·nae·an, adjectivepre-Lin·ne·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Science definitions for linnaean


Relating to the system of taxonomic classification and binomial nomenclature originated by Carolus Linnaeus. In the Linnean system, organisms are grouped according to shared characteristics into a hierarchical series of fixed categories ranging from subspecies at the bottom to kingdom at the top. Compare cladistics.
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