American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a class or subclass and above an order.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A group intermediate in importance between an order and a subclass.
- n. (biology) a taxonomic group ranking above an order and below a class or subclass
- super- + order (Wiktionary)
“Ancestral elephant shrews were members of a “superorder” or “cohort” of beasts called Afrotheria that evolved in Africa more than 100 million years ago.”
“Since Linnaeus, taxonomists have added the categories phylum and family, along with numerous subdivisions such as subclass, superorder, subfamily, subspecies, and others.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“But I trust lessons have been learned, and the gameday thread and recap will thus be uncontaminated by creatures of the superorder Elopomorpha.”
“Ilyanassa belongs to the enormously successful superorder Caenogastropoda, whose monophyly is robustly supported”
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