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Noun: taxonomy  tak'só-nu-mee
  1. A classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc
  2. (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification
  3. Practice of classifying plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships

Derived forms: taxonomies

Type of: assortment, categorisation [Brit], categorization, classification, compartmentalisation [Brit], compartmentalization, hierarchy, systematics

Encyclopedia: Taxonomy