A subdivision of a family of organisms, containing one or more genera. The names of subfamilies in the animal kingdom typically end in –inae, as in Cerambycinae, a subfamily of the longhorn beetle family Cerambycidae.
(biology) A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a family and above a genus.
(linguistics) A division of languages below a family and above a branch.
A major division of a language family, above a branch.
There is one peculiar subfamily, Todinae, represented by only four species of Todus.
It follows that the subfamily typified by this species, in which are included the gazelles, is the one to which alone the term antelopes should be applied if it were employed in a restricted and definable sense.
Some, for instance, may consider that the chamois and the so-called white goat of the Rocky Mountains are entitled to be included in the group; but this is not the view held by the authors of the Book of Antelopes referred to below; and, as a matter of fact, the term is only a vague designation for a number of more or less distinct groups of hollow-horned ruminants which do not come under the designation of cattle, sheep or goats; and in reality there ought to be a distinct English groupname for each subfamily into which "antelopes" are subdivided.
The small horns and bluish-grey colour of the adult bulls serve to distinguish the Indian nilgai, Boselaphus tragocamelus, from the other members of the subfamily.
The third subfamily is the Antilopinae, the members of which, have a much wider geographical range than either of the foregoing groups.