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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

That history is collated like a living taxonomy throughout every layer of the Lauren Halsey archive. Michael Slenske, latimes.com, "Lauren Halsey brings the funk to the L.A. art scene," 10 June 2019 On his blog of the same name, Carlier, 41, delves deeper into mascot taxonomy. Corinne Purtill, Quartzy, "The English-speaking internet’s best guide to Japanese mascots," 8 June 2019 Genetics revolutionized evolutionary biology and taxonomy. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 Another distinction is that, for ancient and medieval illustrators, modern taxonomy did not yet exist as a standardized system of identification. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'taxonomy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about taxonomy

Dictionary Entries near taxonomy

Taxol

taxology

taxon

taxonomy

taxor

taxpayer

taxpaying

Statistics for taxonomy

Last Updated

17 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for taxonomy

The first known use of taxonomy was circa 1828

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for taxonomy

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

More from Merriam-Webster on taxonomy

Britannica English: Translation of taxonomy for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about taxonomy

Comments on taxonomy

What made you want to look up taxonomy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!