Pronunciation: nō’mən-klā’chər
Function: noun
Etymology: 1610, “a name,” from Fr. nomenclature, from L. nomenclatura “calling of names,” from nomenclator “namer,” from nomen “name” + calator “caller, crier,” from calare “call out.” Nomenclator in Rome was the title of a steward whose job was to announce visitors, and also of a prompter who helped a stumping politician recall names and pet causes of his constituents. Meaning “list or catalogue of names” first attested 1635; that of “system of naming” is from 1664; sense of “terminology of a science” is from 1789.
Earliest Usage Date: 1610
Definition: 1) a system of names used in an art or science: the nomenclature of mineralogy; 2) the procedure of assigning names to the kinds and groups of organisms listed in a taxonomic classification: the rules of nomenclature in botany.

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