from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking between a family and a genus.
- n. Linguistics A division of languages below a family and above a branch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A taxonomic category ranking between a family and a genus; formerly called a tribe
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the subdivisions, of more importance than genus, into which certain families are divided.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, the first subdivision of a family, containing several genera or only one genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (biology) a taxonomic category below a family
On the origins of Hippopotamidae together with descriptions of two species, a new genus and a new subfamily from the Miocene of Kenya.
In the era immediately following World War II, the subfamily was a convenient startup arrangement for young couples newly married and as a residential arrangement for an elderly dependent parent in the home of a son or daughter.
Most cool season cereal, forage and turf grasses belong to the Pooideae subfamily, which is also the largest grass subfamily.
This 'subfamily' is a critical area of family life all around the world, regardless of cultural influence.
This month, IF Editor Cat Wayland talks about the "subfamily" of siblings in her newly launched IF mag blog.
Most of the languages of this subfamily straddle the border between Chiapas and Guatemala.
According to Ethnologue. com, the Chol belong to the Chol-Chontal subfamily of the Maya Linguistic Group.
The dung beetle subfamily Scarabaeinae is a cosmopolitan group of insects that feed primarily on dung.
This suite of molar morphologies is also found to varying degrees in Pongo and Sivapithecus, but not in African apes and humans, and may be diagnostic of subfamily Ponginae.
The centrosaurines form a subfamily of the Ceratopsidae.