taxonomy

noun
tax·​on·​o·​my | \ tak-ˈsä-nə-mē How to pronounce taxonomy (audio) \

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

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Other Words from taxonomy

taxonomic \ ˌtak-​sə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce taxonomic (audio) \ or less commonly taxonomical \ ˌtak-​sə-​ˈnä-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce taxonomical (audio) \ adjective
taxonomically \ ˌtak-​sə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce taxonomically (audio) \ adverb
taxonomist \ tak-​ˈsä-​nə-​mist How to pronounce taxonomist (audio) \ noun

Examples of taxonomy in a Sentence

the taxonomies of various plant groups

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Molecular evidence may have increasingly replaced anatomy as the most solid basis for establishing accurate taxonomy. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 That's what Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, did for his book Systema Naturae. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 Whatever the taxonomy, though, the same grievances and issues run through the interviews in this book. Kate Zernike, New York Times, "Why Trump Voters Supported Trump," 15 June 2018 Before publishing his taxonomies, Linnaeus had to organize everything himself. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 So Belousova’s team set out to build its own taxonomy of food. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How GrubHub Analyzed 4,000 Dishes to Predict Your Next Order," 2 Apr. 2018 Skin tone taxonomies often lump complexion into broad categories, focusing on the spectrum of light and dark. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Pinterest Wants to Diversify Your Search Results," 26 Apr. 2018 As Susan Milius at Science News reports, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently updated the termite’s taxonomy, merging the families of their order Isoptera with those of the cockroach order Blattodea. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Termites Are Moving in With Cockroaches, Taxonomically," 5 Mar. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Most industries have established taxonomies that hide their flaws. The Economist, "Michel Foucault’s lessons for business," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of taxonomy

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taxonomy

French taxonomie, from tax- + -nomie -nomy

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taxonomy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taxonomy

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

taxonomy

noun
tax·​on·​o·​my | \ tak-ˈsä-nə-mē How to pronounce taxonomy (audio) \

Kids Definition of taxonomy

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

taxonomy

noun
tax·​on·​o·​my | \ tak-ˈsän-ə-mē How to pronounce taxonomy (audio) \
plural taxonomies

Medical Definition of taxonomy

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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