Linnaean or Lin·ne·an [li-nee-uh n] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to Linnaeus, who established the binomial system of scientific nomenclature.
  2. noting or pertaining to a system of botanical classification introduced by him, based mainly on the number or characteristics of the stamens and pistils.

Origin of Linnaean First recorded in 1745–55; Linnae(us) + -an Related formspost-Lin·ne·an, adjectivepre-Lin·nae·an, adjectivepre-Lin·ne·an, adjective Examples from the Web for linnaean Historical Examples of linnaean

  • Super-order: a group of allied orders, like the Linnaean Neuroptera.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • The term “Mellifica” is that of the Linnaean classification.

    The Life of the Bee

    Maurice Maeterlinck

  • The first Part related to the Phanerogams only, arranged according to the Linnaean system.

    Makers of British Botany; a collection of biographies by living botanists


  • Meanwhile he cultivated his taste for natural history, and was in 1796 elected a fellow of the Linnaean Society.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7


  • This nursery afterwards became the famous Linnaean Botanic Garden.

    The Pears of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • linnaean in Science Linnean

    1. Relating to the system of taxonomic classification and binomial nomenclature originated by Carolus Linnaeus. In the Linnean system, organisms are grouped according to shared characteristics into a hierarchical series of fixed categories ranging from subspecies at the bottom to kingdom at the top. Compare cladistics.

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