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n. pl. sub·fam·i·lies
1. Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a family and above a genus.
2. Linguistics A division of languages below a family and above a branch.
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n, pl -lies
1. (Biology) biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a family
2. any analogous subdivision, as of a family of languages
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(sʌbˈfæm ə li, -ˈfæm li, ˈsʌbˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li)

n., pl. -lies.
1. Biol. a category of related genera within a family.
2. a group of related languages within a family, constituting a higher order than a branch.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subfamily - (biology) a taxonomic category below a family
Latinae - a subfamily of the family Centropomidae
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group - animal or plant group having natural relations
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
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