Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Carl Linnaeus or to the system of taxonomic classification and binomial nomenclature that he originated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Linnæus, the celebrated Swedish botanist.
  • adjective (Bot.) the system in which the classes of plants are founded mainly upon the number of stamens, and the orders upon the pistils; the artificial or sexual system.

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  • adjective Of, or relating to Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish naturalist, either personally (i.e. "a Linnaean name") or in a wider sense, of the era influenced by him
  • adjective Of, or relating to the binomial nomenclature originated by him
  • adjective Relating to the nomenclature Codes that have their starting point in a work by Linnaeus or are derived from such a Code. This includes the idea of a ranked taxonomy, which of course was not initiated by Linnaeus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to Linnaeus or to the system of taxonomic classification that Linnaeus proposed

Etymologies

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After Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist who helped to standardize biological nomenclature.

Examples

  • You seem to believe that a nested hierarchy requires rigid ranking, such as seen in Linnaean taxonomy.

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  • You seem to believe that a nested hierarchy requires rigid ranking, such as seen in Linnaean taxonomy.

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  • “During the four years of our absence, I sent home communication after communication to the 'Linnaean' Society, with the same result as that obtained by Noah when he sent the raven out of his ark.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • Because of this necessity to "file things away neatly", the Linnaean system is often very convenient indeed in organizing such things as large museum reference collections, however it does not represent well the process of change that actually happens over evolutionary time.

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  • Because the Linnaean system is not based on evolution, most biologists are switching to a classification system that reflects the organisms 'evolutionary history.

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  • The shore-dwelling Fuegian savages used a lexicon of more than 32,000 words that was a "labyrinth of the particular," Chatwin says, including names "as complex and precise as Linnaean Latin of everything that swam or sprouted, crawled or flew."

    Fury and Terror On the High Seas

  • The term "clade" did not exist in the older Linnaean taxonomy, which was by necessity based only on morphological similarities between organisms.

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  • But this is not the same classification as the Linnaean Reptiles.

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  • The concept embodied by the word "clade" does not fit well into the rigid hierarchy that the Linnaean system of taxonomy uses; indeed, cladistics and Linnaean taxonomy are not really compatible.

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  • Linnaean taxonomy demands that all organisms be placed neatly into a rigid, ranked, hierarchy of taxa, such that one individual kind of organism must belong in one of each of the categories: species, genus, family, order, class, phylum and kingdom.

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