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[suhb-spee-sheez, suhb-spee-] /ˈsʌbˌspi ʃiz, sʌbˈspi-/
noun, plural subspecies.
a subdivision of a species, especially a geographical or ecological subdivision.
Origin of subspecies
First recorded in 1690-1700; sub- + species Unabridged
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  • High office for a Hollywood (or some subspecies of) celebrity is not as outlandish as it once was—say, five or 10 minutes ago.

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British Dictionary definitions for subspecies


noun (pl) -cies
(biology) a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a species: usually occurs because of isolation within a species ssp
Derived Forms
subspecific (ˌsʌbspɪˈsɪfɪk) adjective
subspecifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for subspecies

1690s, from sub- + species.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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subspecies in Science
  (sŭb'spē'shēz, -sēz)   
A subdivision of a species of organisms, usually based on geographic distribution. The subspecies name is written in lowercase italics following the species name. For example, Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the western lowland gorilla, and Gorilla gorilla graueri is the eastern lowland gorilla.
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