taxonomist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n taxonomist a biologist who specializes in the classification of organisms into groups on the basis of their structure and origin and behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Taxonomist One skilled in taxonomy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taxonomist One who classifies objects of natural history according to some system or approved scheme; one who is versed in taxonomy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Taxonomist one versed in taxonomy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—tassein, to arrange.

Usage

In literature:

Any dissimilarity of structure could not escape the accurate eyes of our learned taxonomists.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
Can't have furry birds, you know, with a taxonomist in the family, hey?
"West Of The Sun" by Edgar Pangborn
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In news:

Digitization of information, they explained, keeps taxonomists from reinventing the wheel by re- classifying species that were previously catalogued in obscure places.
The Fungus Among Us Multiplies As Mycological Taxonomists Wither .
Adult males look entirely different than juveniles and are used by taxonomists to identify species.
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In science:

Still more recently, over-enthusiastic taxonomists have contributed to confusion about distinctness of plant species (Riesenberg et al. 2006), and pharmaceutical companies have discovered that it is not a good investment to develop antibiotics, because new ones are used sparingly (Nathan 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
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