subfamily

subfamily
In biologic classification, a division between family and tribe or between family and genus.

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sub·fam·i·ly 'səb-.fam-(ə-)lē n a category in biological classification ranking below a family and above a genus

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sub·fam·i·ly (subґfam″ĭ-le) a taxonomic category sometimes established, subordinate to a family and superior to a tribe or genus.

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  • subfamily Perdicidae — noun Old World partridges • Syn: ↑Perdicidae, ↑Perdicinae, ↑subfamily Perdicinae • Hypernyms: ↑bird family • Member Holonyms: ↑Phasianidae, ↑family Phasianidae …   Useful english dictionary

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