- a subdivision of a species, especially a geographical or ecological subdivision.
Origin of subspecies
Examples from the Web for subspecies
Contemporary Examples of subspecies
High office for a Hollywood (or some subspecies of) celebrity is not as outlandish as it once was—say, five or 10 minutes ago.Val Kilmer for Governor?
May 11, 2009
Historical Examples of subspecies
Howell (1914:31) earlier noted that specimens from northern and central Colorado were intergrades between the two subspecies.
Two subspecies of the Black-crested Titmouse are present in Coahuila.
This subspecies of the Curve-billed Thrasher occurs in northwestern Coahuila.
In Coahuila this subspecies of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a common migrant.
This subspecies of the Solitary Vireo seems to be uncommon in Coahuila.
- biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a species: usually occurs because of isolation within a speciesAbbreviation: ssp
Word Origin and History for subspecies
- 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.