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Taxonomic Category

Definition of the noun taxonomic category

What does taxonomic category mean as a name of something?


  1. animal or plant group having natural relations
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of taxonomic category: taxon / taxonomic group
    • more generic term: biological group = a group of plants or animals
    • more specific terms:
      • Adapid group / Adapid = extinct small mostly diurnal lower primates that fed on leaves and fruit; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; their descendents probably include the lemurs
      • Omomyid group / Omomyid = extinct tiny nocturnal lower primates that fed on fruit and insects; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; probably gave rise to the tarsiers
      • kingdom = the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped
      • subkingdom = a taxonomic group comprising a major division of a kingdom
      • variety = a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics
      • phylum = the major taxonomic group of animals and plants
      • subphylum = a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and a class
      • superphylum = a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and below a class or subclass
      • class = a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
      • subclass = a taxonomic category below a class and above an order
      • superclass = a taxonomic class below a phylum and above a class
      • order = taxonomic group containing one or more families
      • suborder = taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order
      • superorder = a taxonomic group ranking above an order and below a class or subclass
      • family = a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
      • superfamily = a taxonomic group ranking below an order but above a family
      • subfamily = a taxonomic category below a family
      • tribe = a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily
      • genus = taxonomic group containing one or more species
      • subgenus = taxonomic group between a genus and a species
      • monotype = a taxonomic group with a single member
      • species = taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
      • subspecies / race = a taxonomic group that is a division of a species
      • variant / strain / form / var. = a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
      • type = the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon
      • group Pteridospermaphyta / group Pteridospermae / Pteridospermaphyta / Pteridospermae = used in some classification systems: a group of extinct fossil gymnosperms coextensive with the order Cycadofilicales
      • group Centrospermae / Centrospermae = used in former classification systems
      • group Amentiferae / Amentiferae = used in some classification systems for plants that bear catkins
      • Phycomycetes group / Phycomycetes = a large and probably unnatural group of fungi and funguslike organisms comprising the Mastigomycota (including the Oomycetes) and Zygomycota subdivisions of the division Eumycota

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Taxonomic Category

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Google previewWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, 2 Volume Set (2011)

by Bernard Wood

Informal taxonomic category Archaic hominin.

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Entomology (2007)

by Paras Nath

Taxonomic category). High volume spraying: The application of pesticides in dilutes form to thoroughly wet the object being sprayed; usually involves the application of 1120 or more liters per hectare (100 gals per acre). Higher category: A ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Herpetological and Related Terminology (2005)

by D.C. Wareham

SUBORDER The taxonomic category , used in the classification of organisms, that consists of a division of an ORDER, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)

JUNIOR SYNONYM Taxonomic nomenclature: Most recently published of 2 or more available synonyms for same taxonomic category. See Taxonomy. Cf. Senior Synonym. Rel. Homonym; Isonym .

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia: Index volume (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

and human fingernails kid: a young goat kingdom: the largest taxonomic category, above phylum kleptoparasitism: a term meaning food stealing ...

Google previewAne's Encyclopedic Dictionary of General & Applied Entomology (2009)

by Manjit Singh Dhooria

Taxonomic Category: Designates rank or level in a hierarchic classification. Various taxonomically defined groups, also called taxa, are recognized amongst the insects. The basic biological taxon lying above the individual and population is ...

Google previewDorland's Pocket Medical Dictionary E-Book (2012)

by Dorland

a taxonomic category subordinate to a class and ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Science Dictionary (2005)

by American Heritage Dictionary

A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a class and containing one or more orders. subclimax (sub-kli'maks') A stage in the ecological succession of ...

Google previewDictionary of Parasitology (2005)

by Peter J. Gosling

A taxonomic category sometimes established where the number of specimens is large, but not generally used; subordinate to a genus and superior to a species. sublimate ( chemistry) Solid ...

Google previewDictionary of the Politics of the People's Republic of China (2003)

by Colin Mackerras, Foundation Professor in the School of Asian and International Studies Colin Mackerras, Donald H. McMillen, Andrew Watson, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of East Anglia Andrew Watson

For them, the 'region' is merely a taxonomic category for dividing up the national space. There would be different types of regions depending on the criteria used.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management (2009)

Other taxonomists argue that only through the elimination of the Linnaean system of categories can we eliminate the possibility of attaching undue significance to the taxonomic category to which a species is assigned. See also SYSTEMATIC ...

Google previewSoil and Environmental Science Dictionary (2001)

by E.G. Gregorich, L. W. Turchenek, M.R. Carter, Denis A. Angers

TDR or higher taxonomic category. cycle d'un taxon TDR See 361 T.

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English (2010)

by Angus Stevenson

2Biology a taxonomic category that ranks below class and above order. subclause ...

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