Definition of Linnaean in US English:


(also Linnean)


  • Relating to or characteristic of the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus or his modern system of botany and zoology.

    ‘the Linnaean classification of plants and animals’
    • ‘This correspondence between the Linnaean hierarchy and life's evolutionary tree achieves its clearest expression in pictorial form.’
    • ‘This system no longer uses Linnean ranks.’
    • ‘In the Linnaean taxonomy, everything is, to begin with, a member of a kingdom.’
    • ‘Their collections followed the Linnaean binomial naming system.’


  • An adherent of the modern system of botany and zoology developed by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus.

    ‘we dedicated Linnaeans continue separating the specimens of our analysis’
    • ‘For those determined Linneans out there, this academy of sciences maintains a Linnean scheme at Classification of the Extant Echinodermata.’
    • ‘Linneans are encouraged to take a deep breath, remember that these snakes are harmless and timid, and contact me right away.’
    • ‘Many modern scientists are de facto Linnaeans.’