Definition of taxonomy in English:

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Pronunciation: /takˈsɒnəmi/


[mass noun] chiefly Biology
1The branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.
Example sentences
  • The question remains, however, whether expertise in taxonomy and biological systematics will be available for the long term.
  • The success of flow cytometry and its ever-increasing use in plant taxonomy, systematics and ecology may pose unexpected problems.
  • Chromosomes are often useful in systematics and taxonomy, but are of restricted taxonomic value in Periplocoideae.
1.1The classification of something, especially organisms: the taxonomy of these fossils
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  • The group that has been most commonly analysed morphometrically is the planktonic foraminifers, largely because of their well-established taxonomy and their optimal fossil record.
  • In the wonderment of this taxonomy, the thing that is demonstrated in the exotic charm of another system of thought is the limitation of our own.
  • The three-month training began with the work on coral taxonomy in Townsville, in northwest Australia.
1.2 [count noun] A scheme of classification: a taxonomy of smells
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  • Smith's imagination was not limited to studying the extant taxonomy of market institutions.
  • So whatever the debatable points of his taxonomy (and this being analytic philosophy, there are plenty of taxonomic points to debate), I think Strawson is on to something.
  • Virginia's book was liberating for me, because its alternate taxonomy helped me avoid unwittingly imposing artificial political identities on my own thinking.



Pronunciation: /taksəˈnɒmɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • To call the actually existing order liberal - or ‘neo-liberal’ - is as taxonomically accurate as calling the old Soviet Communist Party syndicalist.
  • A subspecies is a geographic race that is sufficiently different taxonomically to be worthy of a separate name.
  • Though they are minor elements of most Cambrian benthic assemblages, rhynchonelliform brachiopods taxonomically and numerically dominate most post-Ordovician Paleozoic benthic assemblages.


Pronunciation: /takˈsɒnəmɪst/
Example sentences
  • Accordingly, it was this assertion of progress - the domestication of fire - that, in part, allowed taxonomists to distinguish between animal and human.
  • Later taxonomists proved less welcoming, however, and the chimp was reclassified in 1816 into its own genus, Pan, where it has remained until this day.
  • It is true that most taxonomists and conservationists work on shoestring budgets.


Early 19th century: coined in French from Greek taxis 'arrangement' + -nomia 'distribution'.

Words that rhyme with taxonomy

agronomy, astronomy, autonomy, bonhomie, Deuteronomy, economy, gastronomy, heteronomy, metonymy, physiognomy

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