One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.
categorization, categorizing, classifying, classing, grouping, grading, ranking, organization, sorting, codification, systematization, stratificationView synonyms
- ‘Chromosomes are often useful in systematics and taxonomy, but are of restricted taxonomic value in Periplocoideae.’
- ‘Cladistics is currently the most popular paradigm of phylogenetic classification in biological taxonomy.’
- ‘Also called numerical taxonomy, Phenetics is a school of taxonomy that classifies organisms on the basis of overall morphological or genetic similarity.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 The classification of something, especially organisms.‘the taxonomy of these fossils’
- ‘In the Linnaean taxonomy, everything is, to begin with, a member of a kingdom.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mayr and Diamond's reluctance to appreciate the importance of fossil evidence is evident in their taxonomy.’
- 1.2count noun A scheme of classification.‘a taxonomy of smells’
- ‘Whether or not one accepts this sociological taxonomy there is no denying the proliferation of summer festivals.’
- ‘Virginia's book was liberating for me, because its alternate taxonomy helped me avoid unwittingly imposing artificial political identities on my own thinking.’
- ‘I need some advice. I've been trying to develop a personal schema/taxonomy - and I don't really know where to start.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: coined in French from Greek taxis ‘arrangement’ + -nomia ‘distribution’.
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