subgenus

noun
sub·​ge·​nus | \ ˈsəb-ˌjē-nəs How to pronounce subgenus (audio) \

Definition of subgenus

: a category in biological classification ranking below a genus and above a species

Examples of subgenus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The subgenus first emerged more than a hundred million years ago and lived until at least 93 million years ago; scientists can even use the presence of its fossils to help estimate the age of marine sediments. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "This ancient sea creature fossilized in tree resin. How'd that happen?," 13 May 2019 For this drug research, the scientists are homing in on the subgenus Conus asprella, which includes six different species. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "To Fight Opioid Addiction, Scientists See Promise in Sea Snail Venom," 5 Dec. 2017 Fossils belonging to another subgenus of Metrosideros, also discovered in Tasmania, were shown to be about 35 million years old. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australia," 23 June 2017 No doubt other new genera will be carved out from Sedum, and quite likely one of these will be the Mexican subgenus Pachysedum. Brian Kemble, The Mercury News, "Stonecrop family has many, varied members," 18 Jan. 2017 Fossils belonging to another subgenus of Metrosideros, also discovered in Tasmania, were shown to be about 35 million years old. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australia," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of subgenus

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subgenus

New Latin

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“Subgenus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subgenus. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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subgenus

noun
sub·​ge·​nus | \ ˈsəb-ˌjē-nəs How to pronounce subgenus (audio) \
plural subgenera\ -​ˌjen-​ər-​ə How to pronounce subgenera (audio) \

Medical Definition of subgenus

: a category in biological classification ranking below a genus and above a species

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