taxonomy

Taxonomy is all about organizing and classifying. To make it sound more scientific, you could refer to your project of reorganizing your spice rack according to smell as a taxonomy of spices.

Taxonomy is a word used mainly in biology to talk about classifying living organisms, organizing them according to their similarities. If you've ever seen a chart with animals divided into species, genus, and family, you know what scientific taxonomy is. The word comes very straightforwardly from Greek words for "arrangement" — taxis — and "method" — nomia. So any special method for arranging or organizing things can be called taxonomy.

DEFINITIONS OF: taxonomy

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n a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc

Type of:
hierarchy
a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system

n practice of classifying plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships

Type of:
assortment, categorisation, categorization, classification, compartmentalisation, compartmentalization
the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type

n (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification

Types:
cladistic analysis, cladistics
a system of biological taxonomy based on the quantitative analysis of comparative data and used to reconstruct cladograms summarizing the (assumed) phylogenetic relations and evolutionary history of groups of organisms
Type of:
systematics
the science of systematic classification
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