Definition of lumper in English:


Line breaks: lump¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌmpə


  • 1A docker, especially one who unloads cargoes from fishing boats.
  • 2A person (especially a taxonomist) who attaches more importance to similarities than to differences in classification. Contrasted with splitter.
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    • Charles Darwin divided taxonomists into lumpers and splitters.
    • One sometimes sees the difference between splitters and lumpers presented as one of taste and personality.
    • Of course whether a species should be retained in a former genus or placed in a new one is often an arbitrary choice, which brings us to the battle between the splitters and the lumpers.

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