Definition of subfamily
1 : a category in biological classification ranking below a family and above a genus
2 : a subgroup of languages within a language family
Recent Examples of subfamily from the Web
In the 1980s and 1990s, Robert Jackson of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury demonstrated that Portia fimbriata, a member of this spider-snacking subfamily, methodically plans winding detours to sneak up on prey spiders.
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Origin and Etymology of subfamily
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1805See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of subfamily
: a category in biological classification ranking below a family and above a genus
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