EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural tax·on·o·mies. 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
First recorded in
is from the
-nomy Related forms tax·o·nom·ic , [tak-s uh- nom-ik] /ˌtæk səˈnɒm ɪk/ tax·o·nom·i·cal, adjective tax·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb tax·on·o·mist, tax·on·o·mer, noun non·tax·o·nom·ic, adjective non·tax·o·nom·i·cal, adjective non·tax·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Little is known concerning the
taxonomic position of this bird.
Such is the difficulty presented by comparison in the
Because we can trace in the
taxonomic series all the gradations from the one to the other.
taxonomic worth usually are referred to as characters.
The presence or absence of the diaphragm and its thickness are of
taxonomic value. British Dictionary definitions for taxonomic noun 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 Derived Forms taxonomic ( ˌtæksəˈnɒmɪk) or taxonomical, adjective taxonomically, adverb taxonomist or taxonomer, noun Word Origin for taxonomy
C19: from French
taxonomie, from Greek taxis order + -nomy
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Word Origin and History for taxonomic n.
1828, from French
taxonomie (1813), introduced by Linnæus and coined irregularly from Greek taxis "arrangement" (see taxidermy) + -nomia "method," from -nomos "managing," from nemein "manage" (see numismatics).
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n. The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships. The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics. Related forms tax′o•nom ( ′ic -sə-nō) null ′ĭk adj.
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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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taxonomy [(tak- son-uh-mee)]
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