suborder

noun
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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Cystisoma belong to a suborder of marine crustaceans called hyperiid amphipods, which live in every ocean, from just below the surface to right near the floor. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian, "The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secrets," 30 Sep. 2017 Scientists think the dolphin (named Inermorostrum xenops) may be the earliest toothless offshoot from the toothed whale suborder Odontoceti, ultimately leading to many different kinds of modern feeding behavior among the group. Courtesy Robert Boessenecker, National Geographic, "New Species of Prehistoric Dolphin Slurped Up Its Prey," 23 Aug. 2017 Cystisoma belong to a suborder of marine crustaceans called hyperiid amphipods, which live in every ocean, from just below the surface to right near the floor. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian, "The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secrets," 2 May 2017

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1705, in the meaning defined above

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suborder

noun
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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