suborder

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noun sub·or·der \ ˈsəb-ˌȯr-dər \

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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First Known Use of suborder

1705


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suborder

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noun sub·or·der \ ˈsəb-ˌȯrd-ər \

medical Definition of suborder

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

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