[ suhb-awr-der ]
/ ˈsʌbˌɔr dər /

noun Biology.

a category of related families within an order.

Origin of suborder

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + order Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suborder


/ (ˈsʌbˌɔːdə) /


biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order

Derived Forms

subordinal, adjective
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Medicine definitions for suborder


[ sŭbôr′dər ]


A taxonomic category ranking between an order and a family.
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Science definitions for suborder


[ sŭbôr′dər ]

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