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.
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Word origin: New Latin, back formation from taxonomy.
- Nominal taxon
- Nominate subordinate taxon