superfamily

[soo-per-fam-uh-lee, -fam-lee]
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noun, plural su·per·fam·i·lies. Biology.

a category of related families within an order or suborder.

Origin of superfamily

First recorded in 1870–75; super- + family
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British Dictionary definitions for superfamily

superfamily

noun plural -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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Science definitions for superfamily

superfamily

[sōōpər-făm′ə-lē]

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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