subfamily

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noun sub·fam·i·ly \ˈsəb-ˌfam-lē, -ˌfa-mə-\

Definition of subfamily

  1. 1 :  a category in biological classification ranking below a family and above a genus

  2. 2 :  a subgroup of languages within a language family

Origin and Etymology of subfamily

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1805


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subfamily

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noun sub·fam·i·ly \ˈsəb-ˌfam-(ə-)lē\

Medical Definition of subfamily

  1. :  a category in biological classification ranking below a family and above a genus


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