Definition of taxonomy
taxonomicallyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
taxonomistplay \tak-ˈsä-nə-mist\ noun
Examples of taxonomy in a Sentence
the taxonomies of various plant groups
Recent Examples of taxonomy from the Web
This question came courtesy of my son, who at 3-and-a-half, is a real underwater-creature taxonomy nerd.
Below, a taxonomy of the basest impulses on display.
From this perspective, imposing Western taxonomies of sexuality on nation-states and ethnic groups is what causes those states’ hypervigilance and inclination to prosecute and persecute.
The result was a novel taxonomy of health care providers: 400 buckets based on what doctors do, rather than the title on their office doors.
Fantastic Beasts.’) When Conley died in 2002 under tragic circumstances—a gunshot to the head during an argument—his samples fell to biologist Gustav Paulay, who later passed them along to Ng, an expert on crab taxonomy.
Luckily, scientists have taxonomy, or Latin names, to keep track of species—and avoid getting confused by common names.
While the full taxonomy of drones has become overwhelming to think about, the expansion has come steadily.
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Origin and Etymology of taxonomy
French taxonomie, from tax- + -nomie -nomy
First Known Use: circa 1828See Words from the same year
TAXONOMY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of taxonomy for Students
: classification of living things (as plants and animals) using a system that is usually based on natural relationships
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