(sub′fam′ə lē, -fam′lē)
noun pl. subfamilies
- any main natural subdivision of a family of plants or animals
- a major division of a language family, above a branch: the Balto-Slavic subfamily of Indo-European languages
See subfamily in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. sub·fam·i·lies
- Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking between a family and a genus.
- Linguistics A division of languages below a family and above a branch.
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