sub·​group | \ ˈsəb-ˌgrüp \

Definition of subgroup

1 : a subordinate group whose members usually share some common differential quality
2 : a subset of a mathematical group that is itself a group

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Suoga, home to a subgroup of Miao who make elaborate wigs from the hair of their ancestors, is a two-hour drive south of the city. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 Neosauropods are a subgroup of sauropods—all members of these groups had traits like thick, column-like legs, lengthy necks, small heads, and grew to massive sizes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Upends What We Thought We Knew About Sauropods," 26 July 2018 This subgroup split fairly evenly between those who prioritize defending Taiwan’s sovereignty (52 percent) and those who believe in improving cross-strait economic ties (48 percent). Alastair Iain Johnston, Washington Post, "Beijing wants Taiwanese to identify as Chinese. But how do Taiwanese really feel?," 4 June 2018 Fancy Bear, a subgroup of Russia’s GRU intelligence service, is the same group that went after Clinton campaign staffers in 2016. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election," 26 July 2018 There are further divides among racial subgroups when asked specifically about how each race is perceived in society. Andrew Arenge, NBC News, "Poll: 64 percent of Americans say racism remains a major problem," 29 May 2018 Researchers have often studied the cardiovascular health of Asian Americans as a whole, which may be flawed because different ethnic subgroups have different health issues and cardiovascular risk factors, Volgman noted. Monica Luhar /, NBC News, "New report details high heart disease risk in South Asians in U.S.," 29 June 2018 Such divisions could shift a team’s focus from winning to what the researchers called task-irrelevant cues, like competition and distrust between isolated subgroups, as well as restricted communication of actionable information and advice. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 And for certain student subgroups, the numbers were even more troubling. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Analysis: Private group's report on possible takeover of JCPS leaves out key details," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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