Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a class or subclass and above an order.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A taxonomic category below subclass and above order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A group intermediate in importance between an order and a subclass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In natural history, a classificatory group next above the order but below the class. It may be a combination of orders, or a single order contrasting with such a combination; it is not well distinguished from subclass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (biology) a taxonomic group ranking above an order and below a class or subclass

Etymologies

super- +‎ order (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ancestral elephant shrews were members of a “superorder” or “cohort” of beasts called Afrotheria that evolved in Africa more than 100 million years ago.

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  • Since Linnaeus, taxonomists have added the categories phylum and family, along with numerous subdivisions such as subclass, superorder, subfamily, subspecies, and others.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • The study also bolsters recent research suggesting that bats are more closely related on the tree of evolution to horses, dogs, cows, moles and dolphins -- all members of the superorder Laurasiatheria -- than humans, monkeys, flying lemurs and mice, which belong to the Euarchontoglires superorder.

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  • "We certainly do not want such a superorder, and if there is to be one large order, its price should not exceed some Kc40bn or Kc50bn," Proubek said.

    Prague Monitor

  • Although many have been found in the fossil record, paleontologists expect that they have barely scratched the surface of the vast superorder that the dinosaurs encompassed.

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  • But I trust lessons have been learned, and the gameday thread and recap will thus be uncontaminated by creatures of the superorder Elopomorpha.

    AZ Snakepit

  • Ilyanassa belongs to the enormously successful superorder Caenogastropoda, whose monophyly is robustly supported

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