Taxonomy meaning

tăk-sŏn'ə-mē
The word taxonomy is derived from two Greek words - taxis, which means order or arrangement, and nomos, which means law or science.
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Taxonomy is the science of classification of plants and animals.
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In recent years, the concept of taxonomy has been used for the organization of subject matter in libraries and other information fields.

An example of taxonomy is the way living beings are divided up into Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

An example of taxonomy is the Dewey Decimal system - the way libraries classify non-fiction books by division and subdivisions. The number assigned, combined with the first three letters of the author's last name, become the call number used for deciding the order of arrangment of books on the library shelf.

An example of taxonomy is the way a website classifies and organizes available resources and information to help navigation within a website.

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The science, laws, or principles of classification.
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The science of classification; laws and principles covering the classifying of objects.
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From the Greek words "taxis" and "nomos," which mean "division" and "law," a taxonomy classifies formally defined items in a hierarchical structure. See ontology.
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A classification; especially, a classification in a hierarchical system.
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The field of taxonomy largely began with "alpha taxonomy," which is used to classify species and subspecies of plants and animals.
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An ordered arrangement of groups or categories.

A taxonomy of literary genres.

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Taxonomy is normally shown or illustrated in a taxonomy tree that breaks down classifications and sub-classifications about a particular subject in a tree diagram.
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A system of arranging animals and plants into natural, related groups based on some factor common to each, as structure, embryology, or biochemistry: the basic taxa now in use are, in descending order from most inclusive, domain, kingdom, phylum (in botany, division), class, order, family, genus, and species.
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The classification and naming of organisms in an ordered system that is intended to indicate natural relationships, especially evolutionary relationships.
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The science, laws, or principles of classification.
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Taxonomy has expanded over the years to include the classification of both animate and inanimate objects.
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The classification and naming of organisms in an ordered system that is intended to indicate natural relationships, especially evolutionary relationships.
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The scientific classification of organisms into specially named groups based either on shared characteristics or on evolutionary relationships as inferred from the fossil record or established by genetic analysis.
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The science or the technique used to make a classification.
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(systematics, uncountable) The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms.
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Origin of taxonomy

  • French taxonomie Greek taxis arrangement taxis -nomie method (from Greek -nomiā –nomy)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French taxonomie.
    From Wiktionary