|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 + |
taxonomy tax·on·o·my (tāk-sŏn'ə-mē)
The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.
The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics.
The classification of living things. (See Linnean classification.)