subclan

noun sub·clan \ ˈsəb-ˌklan \
variants: or sub-clan
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of subclan

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

First Known Use of subclan

1856


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