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Since the publication of the last edition, numerous new words have entered the biological vocabulary and old ones have acquired new and more precise meanings. This thorough revision classifies the living world using a 'five kingdoms' theme. Contains entries for all the main phyla, divisions and classes of plants, fungi, animals, protists and prokaryotes. Includes several orders for such groups as insects, birds, mammals and flowering plants as well as many common names of organisms. The appendices provide a fuller outline of the various kingdoms including one covering viruses.