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n. pl. tax·on·o·mies
1. The classification and naming of organisms in an ordered system that is intended to indicate natural relationships, especially evolutionary relationships.
2. The science, laws, or principles of classification.
3. An ordered arrangement of groups or categories: a taxonomy of literary genres.

[French taxonomie : Greek taxis, arrangement; see taxis + -nomie, method (from Greek -nomiā; see -nomy).]

tax·on′o·mist n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taxonomist - a biologist who specializes in the classification of organisms into groups on the basis of their structure and origin and behavior
biologist, life scientist - (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms
lumper - a taxonomist who classifies organisms into large groups on the basis of major characteristics
divider, splitter - a taxonomist who classifies organisms into many groups on the basis of relatively minor characteristics


[tækˈsɒnəmɪst] Ntaxonomista mf
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