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noun, plural: taxa
(1) Any group or rank in a biological classification into which related organisms are classified.
(2) A taxonomic unit in the biological system of classification of organisms, for example: a phylum, order, family, genus, or species.

Phylum Chordata is a taxon belonging to the Animal Kingdom. Find out more about this taxon. Join us and participate in our Forum discussion: What is phylum chordata? And get in touch with our Biology Expert!


Word origin: New Latin, back formation from taxonomy.
Related terms:

  • Nominal taxon
  • Nominate subordinate taxon

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