Taxonomic Category

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taxonomic category

[¦tak·sə¦näm·ik ′kad·ə‚gȯr·ē]
One of a hierarchy of levels in the biological classification of organisms; the seven major categories are kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Taxonomic Category


a concept in taxonomy, used to designate a coordinate group of objects—a taxon. In the classification of a specific sphere of reality, the system of taxonomic categories constructed must give a complete description of the reality from the standpoint of the hierarchical structure; such are the taxonomic categories, for example, that describe animal or plant systematics. Thus, taxonomic categories directly characterize not the concrete objects of classification, but only the method of the classification’s construction and the logical principles that resolve problems of typology.

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No mention was made of the fact that it was possible to organize the words on the basis of taxonomic category. Presentation format and testing conditions were identical to those used for recall of random words.
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