superfamily[so̵̅o̅′pər fam′ə lē]
superfamily definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. superfamilies
- a natural subdivision ranking above a family and below an order, usually less extensive than a suborder
- Linguis. a category of language classification that is above the family, often proposed as a grouping of families that are believed to be related because of some similar characteristics
superfamily definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. su·per·fam·i·lies
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and above a family.
superfamily - Science Definition
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and containing one or more families. The names of superfamilies in the animal kingdom end in -oidea, such as Hominoidea, the primate superfamily containing the family of apes (Pongidae) and the family of humans (Hominidae).