taxa

[ tak-suh ]
/ ˈtæk sə /
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noun

plural of taxon.

Definition for taxa (2 of 2)

taxon

[ tak-son ]
/ ˈtæk sɒn /

noun, plural tax·a [tak-suh] /ˈtæk sə/.

a taxonomic category, as a species or genus.

Origin of taxon

1945–50; < Greek táx(is) taxis1 + -on neuter noun ending; see -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for taxa

taxon

/ (ˈtæksɒn) /

noun plural taxa (ˈtæksə)

biology any taxonomic group or rank

Word Origin for taxon

C20: back formation from taxonomy
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Word Origin and History for taxa

taxon


n.

1929, from German (1926), shortened from taxonomie (see taxonomy).

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Medicine definitions for taxa

taxon

[ tăksŏn′ ]

n. pl. tax•a (tăk)

A taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species.
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Science definitions for taxa

taxon

[ tăksŏn′ ]

Plural taxa

A taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species.
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