numerical taxonomy

noun

: taxonomy in which many quantitatively measured characters are given equal weight in the determination of taxa and the construction of diagrams indicating systematic relationships
numerical taxonomic adjective
numerical taxonomist noun

Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of numerical taxonomy was in 1961

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“Numerical taxonomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerical%20taxonomy. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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