taxonomist

A taxonomist is a biologist that groups organisms into categories. A plant taxonomist for example, might study the origins and relationships between different types of roses while an insect taxonomist might focus on the relationships between different types of beetles.

A taxonomist is not to be confused with a taxidermist, a person who specializes in the stuffing and mounting of dead animals. It's true, both words share their origins in the Greek taxis meaning "arrangement." But in the case of a taxonomist, it's not dead animals that are being arranged, its hierarchies of species.

Definitions of taxonomist
  1. noun
    a biologist who specializes in the classification of organisms into groups on the basis of their structure and origin and behavior
    synonyms: systematist, taxonomer
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    types:
    lumper
    a taxonomist who classifies organisms into large groups on the basis of major characteristics
    divider, splitter
    a taxonomist who classifies organisms into many groups on the basis of relatively minor characteristics
    type of:
    biologist, life scientist
    (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms
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