from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.
- n. The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics.
- n. Division into ordered groups or categories: "Scholars have been laboring to develop a taxonomy of young killers” ( Aric Press).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The science or the technique used to make a classification.
- n. A classification; especially, a classification in a hierarchical system.
- n. The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That division of the natural sciences which treats of the classification of animals and plants, primarily by consideration of their natural relationships with respect to their structure or genetic origin; the laws or principles of classification; systematics.
- n. A systematic arrangement of objects or concepts showing the relations between them, especially one including a hierarchical arrangement of types in which categories of objects are classified as subtypes of more abstract categories, starting from one or a small number of top categories, and descending to more specific types through an arbitrary number of levels. An ontology usually contains a taxonomy as one of the important principles of organization.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The laws and principles of taxology, or their application to the classifying of objects of natural history; that department of science which treats of classification; the practice of classifying according to certain principles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification
- n. practice of classifying plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships
- n. a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc
French taxonomie : Greek taxis, arrangement; see taxis + -nomie, method (from Greek -nomiā; see -nomy).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French taxonomie. (Wiktionary)