from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a rank below that of variety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A subordinate variety, or a division of a variety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A subordinate variety; the further and minor modification of a variety; a strain differing little from one more comprehensive, as among domestic animals or cultivated plants.


sub- +‎ variety (Wiktionary)


  • Notice first that the dispute is not between rationalism and behaviorism, but between R and E. Lakoff is, I believe, correct in stating that the universals postulated in one subvariety of E.(structural linguistics) are "complex enough" to refute the claims of another subvariety (behaviorism).

    Chomsky Replies

  • In a culture made in my garden from the seed sent me by Mr. Cockerell, I observed (1903) that both forms had a subvariety with brownish foliage, and, besides this, one of a pure green.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • In the first place a subvariety of the weeping-willow with leaves rolled up into a spiral coil.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • The Morellino di Scansano subvariety has its own DOC, but Lynch quotes enologo Maurizio Castelli as saying, "Sangiovese does not go well in locations near the sea."


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