American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking between an order and a family.
- n. A subdivision of a category termed an order.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany and zoology, a subdivision of an order; a group subordinate to an order; a superfamily. See family, 6, and order, n., 5.
- n. In architecture, a subordinate or secondary order; an order introduced for decoration, or chiefly so, as distinguished from a main order of the structure.
- n. In petrography, in the quantitative classification of igneous rocks (see rock), a division lower than order and higher than rang.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Nat. Hist.) A division of an order; a group of genera of a little lower rank than an order and of greater importance than a tribe or family.
- n. (biology) taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order
“This is not a grasshopper, but rather, a member of the same order, but classified as the suborder Ensifera of Long-Horned Orthoperta, and the family Tettigoniidae of Katydids, and the subfamily Conocephalinae of Coneheads.”
“Camels are now no longer included in the suborder of Ruminantia, but in a separate suborder of Tylopoda, which also chew their food twice.”
“The Bible does not say that the rabbit belongs to the suborder of Ruminantia; that would have been a slip.”
“The Iguanidae family is only one of about 17 families of the lacertilian suborder; it includes the subfamilies of iguana iguanas (green) and spiny-tailed (black) iguanas which are abundant in the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico area.”
“Iguanas are one of the five generally recognized infraorders of the lacertilian suborder of reptiles which includes all lizards.”
“Of course, in "The Speckled Band," we are meant to believe that a snake — deaf, like all of its suborder — could respond to a whistled signal.”
“The dolphins and porpoises are also classified in the scientific suborder, Odontoceti, which are the toothed whales.”
“Lemurs are of the order Primate, just like most monkeys, apes and us, but are of a different suborder: Strepsirrhini for the lemurs, Haplorrhini for us.”
“The second most common suborder consists of mygalomorphs—hairy, often large species, such as tarantulas.”
“A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha.”
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