noun[mass noun] Biology
The system of nomenclature in which two terms are used to denote a species of living organism, the first one indicating the genus and the second the specific epithet.
- Carl Linnaeus' hierarchical system and binomial nomenclature for flowering plants was meant to reflect the natural order of God's creation, as manifested in overall morphological similarity.
- Nevertheless, Linnaeus's hierarchical classification and binomial nomenclature, much modified, have remained standard for over 200 years.
- Modern taxonomy was born in 1753 when Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus devised the system of binomial nomenclature and assigned a unique name for every plant and animal.
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