[ soo-per-fam-uh-lee, -fam-lee ]
/ ˈsu pərˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li /
noun, plural su·per·fam·i·lies. Biology.
a category of related families within an order or suborder.
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Examples from the Web for superfamily
Classification of the ichneumon flies, or the superfamily Ichneumonoidea.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
Superfamily, sū′pėr-fam-i-li, n. a group in classification between a suborder and a family, a group of families.
British Dictionary definitions for superfamily
/ (ˈsuːpəˌfæmɪlɪ) /
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
[ sōō′pər-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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