subclan

noun

sub·​clan ˈsəb-ˌklan How to pronounce subclan (audio)
variants or sub-clan
plural subclans or sub-clans
: a clan that is part of a larger clan
… clans may contain clans, which are usually called subclans. Marvin Harris
There are six main clans and minority groups, and dozens of subclans. Edmund Sanders

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subclan was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Subclan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subclan. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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