subspecies

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noun sub·spe·cies \ˈsəb-ˌspē-shēz, -sēz\

Definition of subspecies

  1. :  a subdivision of a species: such asa :  a category in biological classification that ranks immediately below a species and designates a population of a particular geographic region genetically distinguishable from other such populations of the same species and capable of interbreeding successfully with them where its range overlaps theirsb :  a named subdivision (such as a race or variety) of a taxonomic speciesc :  subgroup 1 a political subspecies

subspecific

play \ˌsəb-spi-ˈsi-fik\ adjective

Examples of subspecies in a Sentence

  1. There are two subspecies of bison in North America.

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Origin and Etymology of subspecies

New Latin


SUBSPECIES Defined for English Language Learners

subspecies

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Definition of subspecies for English Language Learners

  • : a group of related plants or animals that is smaller than a species : a division of a species


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subspecies

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noun sub·spe·cies \ˈsəb-ˌspē-shēz, -sēz\

Medical Definition of subspecies

  1. :  a subdivision of a species: asa:  a category in biological classification that ranks immediately below a species and designates a population of a particular geographical region genetically distinguishable from other such populations of the same species and capable of interbreeding successfully with them where its range overlaps theirsb:  a named subdivision (as a race or variety) of a species

subspecific

\ˌsəb-spi-ˈsif-ik\play adjective

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