|1.||a. the branch of biology concerned with the classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure, origin, etc|
|b. the practice of arranging organisms in this way|
|2.||the science or practice of classification|
|[C19: from French taxonomie, from Greek taxis order + |
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
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