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subfamily

Syllabification: sub·fam·i·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsəbˌfam(ə)lē
 
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Definition of subfamily in English:

noun (plural subfamilies)

1A subdivision of a group.
Example sentences
  • Accordingly, the kindred was subdivided into 27 subfamilies to remove the loops created by inbreeding.
  • First, the deeper contrasts, those where the social lineage and its nonsocial relative are from different tribes, subfamilies, or families, are all positive.
  • Petal wilting has been found to be ethylene-sensitive or insensitive, and these two categories were consistent within families or subfamilies.
1.1 Biology A taxonomic category that ranks below family and above tribe or genus, usually ending in -inae (in zoology) or -oideae (in botany).
Example sentences
  • Many genera in the subfamily Ambleminae, tribe Lampsilini exhibit sexual dimorphism.
  • The family Clusiaceae and the subfamily Clusioideae with the genus Clusia have a minimum phylogenetic age of 90 x 10 years.
  • We here examine the evolutionary pattern of Catsper1 from nine species of the rodent subfamily Murinae of family Muridae.

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