Definition of subfamily in English:

subfamily

Line breaks: sub|fam¦ily
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌbfamɪli
 
, -m(ə)l-/

noun (plural subfamilies)

  • 1A subdivision of a group.
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    • 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).
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    • 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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