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[soo-per-fam-uh-lee, -fam-lee] /ˈsu pərˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li/
noun, plural superfamilies. Biology.
a category of related families within an order or suborder.
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First recorded in 1870-75; super- + family Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lies
(biology) a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a suborder
any analogous group, such as a group of related languages
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superfamily in Science
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).
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