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Taxonomy (from ancient Greek Template:Lang taxis, arrangement, and Template:Lang nomia, method) is the academic discipline of defining groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics and giving names to those groups. Each group is given a rank and groups of a given rank can be aggregated to form a super group of higher rank and thus create a hierarchical classification.

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