sub·​or·​der | \ ˈsəb-ˌȯr-dər How to pronounce suborder (audio) \

Definition of suborder

: a subdivision of an order a soil suborder especially : a taxonomic category ranking between an order and a family

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Recent Examples on the Web The soils in my new neighborhood seem to be Alfisols, likely in the Udalfs suborder. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 14 Oct. 2021 As any entomologist would tell you, a gnat is one of many species of tiny, flying insects—biting and non-biting—in the dipterid suborder Nematocera, especially those in the families Mycetophilidae, Anisopodidae and Sciaridae. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2021 Fikáček placed the beetle within the Myxophaga suborder, several evolutionary branches removed from its Myxophaga cousins that exist today. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2021 Ankylosaurus magniventris is an ankylosaur—a suborder of four-legged, armored, and mostly herbivorous dinosaurs—but not all ankylosaurs were Ankylosaurus. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, 22 Sep. 2020 This dinosaur is the namesake of its suborder, which included both ankylosaurids and the more primitive nodosaurids. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, 22 Sep. 2020 One group of these animals, a suborder called Cyphophthalmi but more commonly known as mite harvestmen, falls a little short. Emily Willingham, Wired, 22 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, true ammonites are a suborder of ammonoids that didn’t appear until about 200 million years ago, in the Jurassic period. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, 4 Aug. 2020 Conversely, possum refers to a suborder of tree-living marsupials native to Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi. National Geographic, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of suborder

1705, in the meaning defined above

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sub·​or·​der | \ ˈsəb-ˌȯrd-ər How to pronounce suborder (audio) \

Medical Definition of suborder

: a category in biological classification ranking below an order and above a family


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