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n. ~ A structure used for classifying materials into a hierarchy of categories and subcategories.

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(Whatis.com website) In theory, the development of a good taxonomy takes into account the importance of separating elements of a group (taxon) into subgroups (taxa) that are mutually exclusive, unambiguous, and taken together, include all possibilities. In practice, a good taxonomy should be simple, easy to remember, and easy to use.