Origin of suborder

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + order Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for suborder


  1. biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order
Derived Formssubordinal, adjective
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suborder in Medicine


  1. A taxonomic category ranking between an order and a family.
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suborder in Science


  1. A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and containing one or more families.
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