alpha taxonomy

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alpha taxonomy (uncountable)

  1. The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming living things.

Usage notes[edit]

  • a retronym, this is used in those cases where the word taxonomy may be ambiguous:
    where the word taxonomy is (also) used in the sense of a classification in a hierarchical system.
    where the word systematics is used in the sense of cladistically evaluating DNA-data only.