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Topics related to taxonomy, the practice and science of classification.

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Residual soil or surplus soil

What do you call soil from earthwork in construction— soil that may be remaining at some places, and that won't be used even after the construction project is finished? I have two candidates: residual ...
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Is there a version of “equine/equestrian”, or any other horse-related word, for a pegasus/pegasi?

I’m a fantasy writer, and have encountered an issue. In regard to pegasi, I am unsure whether or not the words from the question title apply to pegasi, or if there are pegasus versions of those words. ...
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looking for a collection of words that define a taxonomy

I'm looking for a set of words that define a logical, hierarchical structure to define a simple 3 level taxonomy, but it needs to comply with the following requirements: The words must be related, ...
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Taxonomy - how to describe something as plantlike?

So I'm writing a story that features Chimeras or hybrid creatures, and I'm wondering what I would call a plant based creature. For other things like a spider creature or bird creature I would call it ...
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Pronotum: meaning and suffix context?

Pronotum The pronotum (Biology) is a prominent plate-like structure that covers all or part of the thorax of some insects. The pronotum covers the dorsal surface of the thorax. The word can be ...
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Origin of the suffix in hippocampus

Hippocampus, a tiny organ in the brain - named after its resemblance to a tiny sea creature, the sea-horse (the genus of which is led to the original coinage of 'hippocampus') - has been some source ...
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Term pertaining to, similar to, or traits of Fish

What is the word for fish-like that is similar to these words: Mammalian (mammals) Reptilian (reptiles) Avian (birds) Amphibian (e.g. frogs) Crustacean (e.g. crabs) Saurian (e.g. dinosaurs) Fungal (...
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What is the correct way to write out species names in a scientific paper?

For example, in the phrase "The study organisms were adult rove beetle Atheta coriaria and adult ladybird Adalia bipunctata" Would it be correct to write "The study organisms were the adult rove ...
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Is it "species of plural" or "species of singular"?

Is it correct to say "a species of moth" or "a species of moths", or are they both correct? Is it the same if I use "family" or "genus" instead of "species"? Does it matter if I continue with another ...
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What were Red Admiral and White Admiral butterflies called before 1627?

The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and White Admiral (Limenitis camilla) butterfly species cannot have had those common names before 1627, when the English Navy (the predecessor of the Royal Navy) was ...
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Plant Name Pluralisation

When one looks at any garden, every plant has an official Latin binomial taxonomical name: E.g. A favourite of mine, Allium hollandicum - Persian Onion Now most of those with whom I speak call ...
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What is a word or set of words to convey the meaning of a two level hierarchy?

I am looking to build a piece of software that has in "Index" or "Table of contents" type look up and need a generic term for categorizing Items/Documents/Chunks of Data, and need my hierarchy to be ...
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How do you categorize groups of people as subjects?

When compiling published content, one method of sorting or filtering is by audience. There, the term “audience” generally implies a curation of material for assumed identities of a readership (...
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How to write correctly in a heading the genus and species name of a microorganism? [closed]

I have a question regarding how to write correctly the name of a microorganism in the title of my thesis when using letters in uppercase: Option A: ...BLAH...BLAH... ESCHERICHIA COLI ...BLAH......
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Of the Same Genera or Genus?

I'm into the marine fish hobby and quite a few are aggressive to those that are too similar; usually fish that are congeneric to themselves; however most people just refer to the group as conspecifics....
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Is there a good term for "a person or people who have made a statement"?

I am currently writing an essay in response to a lengthy quotation by the authors of a book, and struggling for a concise way to refer to the authors. The book title does not feature in the question ...
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What makes a word archaic?

I understand that essentially a word is "archaic" if it is old and not really used much today. What I'm interested in is if there is something quantifiable that makes a word archaic or not. For ...
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Categorized dictionary of the English language [closed]

What dictionaries are there available which offer some kind of classification of words into different categories? I am looking for a free alternative to WordStat. I would like to use the ...
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A finger is a component of a hand, a hand is the X of a finger

I'm working with a set of relationships between things, relationships that need descriptors. John is a child of Susan, Susan is a parent of John; a parent-child relationship. Milk is a product of ...
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What word describes text having a different meaning backwards and forwards?

Jonathan Reed's poem 'Lost Generation' is a pessimistic view of the future if read forwards. However, if you read it backwards linewise (not wordwise), it is still semantically meaningful, but the ...
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Correct name of an agreement used as a template for individual ones

I can't decide on the most preferred taxonomy regarding agreements. A chain can sign an agreement that each of its franchises can suborder and sign their own individual deal. When I looked it up, I ...
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odd taxonomy of English [closed]

The taxonomy of ox, like cow, bull, calf, steer, bullock, cattle, etc. is all odd to me, using different words for the same animal. (The same can be said to sheep.) I'm looking for similar odd-...
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Why is it that Frisian is considered the closest related language to English?

It is commonly asked "What is the closest language to English?" and the equally common answer is Frisian Except that there is rarely a reason given for this connection; the most that is given are ...
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Is the term "baby kitten" / "baby puppy" superfluous?

If "kitten" is a juvenile domestic cat, and "puppy" is a juvenile dog, are "baby kitten" or "baby puppy" superfluous or just extremely specific?
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Name for a type of idiom with two things joined (like "raining cats and dogs", "bread and butter")

I had heard, a number of years ago, that there is a name for an type of idiomatic expression in which two things are joined to refer to one thing. An example of this would be “raining cats and dogs”. ...
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A murder of crows?

I love the subset of collective nouns known as the terms of venery. These are collective nouns specific to a particular group of animals. Some of the more inventive examples are: a murder of crows, a ...
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