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Definition of "taxon" [tax•on]

  • Biology A taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species. (noun)

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Use "taxon" in a sentence
  • "The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation ...""
  • "Just came across this article on an anigmatic new taxon from the Ediacaran, reporting the discovery of the eight-armed organism Eoandromeda octobrachiata from China and Australia."
  • "An example of natural turning on of a complex latent program in a lower taxon is discussed."