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
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n a biologist who specializes in the classification of organisms into groups on the basis of their structure and origin and behavior

Synonyms:
systematist, taxonomer
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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