Definition of taxonomy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tækˈsɒnəmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tækˈsɑːnəmi//
    (pl. taxonomies)
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  1. 1 [uncountable] the scientific process of classifying things (= arranging them into groups) plant taxonomy
  2. 2[countable] a particular system of classifying things
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: coined in French from Greek taxis ‘arrangement’ + -nomia ‘distribution’. Wordfinderbreed, class, classification, genus, hybrid, kingdom, order, phylum, species, taxonomy
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