taxonomy

noun tax·on·o·my \ tak-ˈsä-nə-mē \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of taxonomy

1 : the study of the general principles of scientific classification : systematics
2 : classification; especially : orderly classification of plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships

taxonomic

play \ˌtak-sə-ˈnä-mik\ or less commonly taxonomical play \-mi-kəl\ adjective

taxonomically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

taxonomist

play \tak-ˈsä-nə-mist\ noun

Examples of taxonomy in a Sentence

  1. the taxonomies of various plant groups

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Origin and Etymology of taxonomy

French taxonomie, from tax- + -nomie -nomy


TAXONOMY Defined for English Language Learners

taxonomy

noun

Definition of taxonomy for English Language Learners

  • : the process or system of describing the way in which different living things are related by putting them in groups


TAXONOMY Defined for Kids

taxonomy

noun tax·on·o·my \ tak-ˈsä-nə-mē \

Definition of taxonomy for Students

: classification of living things (as plants and animals) using a system that is usually based on natural relationships

Medical Dictionary

taxonomy

noun tax·on·o·my \ tak-ˈsän-ə-mē \

medical Definition of taxonomy

plural taxonomies
1 : the study of the general principles of scientific classification : systematics
2 : orderly classification of plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships

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