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Borrowed from French taxonomie. Surface analysis taxo- +‎ -nomy.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /tækˈsɒn.ə.mi/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /tækˈsɑn.ə.mi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒnəmi


taxonomy (countable and uncountable, plural taxonomies)

  1. The science or the technique used to make a classification.
  2. A classification; especially, a classification in a hierarchical system.
    • 2022 April 20, Mariella Rudi, “Tostitos Hint of Lime has zero lime – but it’s still the perfect chip”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Very little exists in the annals of the interwebs about Tostitos Hint of Lime. Many nights I’ve sucked down crusty mossed fingertips and typed away in a green-out (like a blackout, but from eating too much Tostitos Hint of Lime), searching for a like-minded fanclub, historical taxonomy, or even a press release.
  3. (taxonomy, uncountable) The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms.


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