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TAXONOMY (1)  (Preferred term)

Taxonomy (from Greek verb tassein = "to classify" and nomos = law, science, cf "economy") was once only the science of classifying living organisms (alpha taxonomy), but later the word was applied in a wider sense, and may also refer to either a classification of things, or the principles underlying the classification.

Almost anything, animate objects, inanimate objects, places, and events, may be classified according to some taxonomic scheme.

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