Taxonomy vs Parthenogenesis - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between taxonomy and parthenogenesis

is that taxonomy is the science or the technique used to make a classification while parthenogenesis is (biology).



  • The science or the technique used to make a classification.
  • A classification; especially , a classification in a hierarchical system.
  • (taxonomy, uncountable) The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms.
  • Synonyms

    * alpha taxonomy

    Derived terms

    * folk taxonomy * scientific taxonomy

    See also

    * classification * rank * taxon * domain * kingdom * subkingdom * superphylum * phylum * subphylum * class * subclass * infraclass * superorder * order * suborder * infraorder * parvorder * superfamily * family * subfamily * genus * species * subspecies * superregnum * regnum * subregnum * superphylum * phylum * subphylum * classis * subclassis * infraclassis * superordo * ordo * subordo * infraordo * taxon * superfamilia * familia * subfamilia * ontology




  • (biology)
  • # (biology, uncountable) Reproduction by the development of a single gamete (viz. an ovum or ovule) without fertilisation by a gamete of the opposite sex; compare metagenesis, heterogamy.
  • #* 2008 October 15, "Virgin Shark Gives Birth", AFP via Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
  • Scientists say the birth is the second confirmed instance of a shark being conceived by parthenogenesis , a process in which an unfertilised egg develops into a new individual.
  • # (biology, uncountable, formerly) Asexual reproduction in toto ; agamogenesis.
  • # (biology, countable, rare) An instance or example of parthenogenesis.
  • (countable, and, uncountable) figurative uses of the biologic senses
  • * 1870 : , Among My Books'', series I, ''Shakespeare Once More , page 223
  • We may learn, to be sure, plenty of lessons from Shakespeare.?We are not likely to have kingdoms to divide, crowns foretold us by weird sisters, a father’s death to avenge, or to kill our wives from jealously?;?but Lear may teach us to draw the line more clearly between a wise generosity and a loose-handed weakness of giving?;?Macbeth, how one sin involves another, and forever another, by a fatal parthenogenesis , and that the key which unlocks forbidden doors to our will or passion leaves a stain on the hand, that may not be so dark as blood, but that will not out?;?Hamlet, that all the noblest gifts of person, temperament, and mind slip like sand through the grasp of an infirm purpose?;?Othello, that the perpetual silt of some one weakness, the eddies of a suspicious temper depositing their one impalpable layer after another, may build up a shoal on which an heroic life and an otherwise magnanimous nature may bilge and go to pieces.
  • (theology) Virgin birth, in reference to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ.
  • * {{quote-book, 1927, James Samuel Stone, The cult of Santiago: traditions, myths, and pilgrimages, page=58 citation
  • , passage=So one might reasonably be led to hold, for instance, that the parthenogenesis of Christ does not beget faith in Christ
  • * {{quote-book, 1966, Thomas F. O’Meara, Mary in Protestant and Catholic Theology, page=227 citation
  • , passage=His theology offers four objections on dogmatic grounds commonly adduced by contemporary Protestant criticism to cast doubt on Mary’s parthenogenesis .}}
  • * {{quote-book, 1999, Carol V. Kaske, Spenser and Biblical poetics, page=177, pageurl=, isbn=0801436796
  • , passage=Christ’s parthenogenesis exalts woman. }}

    Usage notes

    * Whereas this word’s biologic and figurative senses are properly understood as deriving from the prefix in its biologic-botanic sense (stressing an absence of fertilisation), the theologic sense can only be understood as employing the prefix in the original sense of “virgin”, since parthenogenetic offspring are always female.


    * “ parthenogenesis]” listed in the [second edition; 1989
    ??Deriving directly from Ancient Greek ; defined in the uncountable biologic senses only. * “ parthenogenesis, n.'']” listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary'' [Draft revision; Dec. 2008
    ??Deriving from the (etyl) affixes ; defined in the uncountable biologic senses (as well as the figurative sense deriving thence) only. *