[ soo-per-fam-uh-lee, -fam-lee ]

noun,plural su·per·fam·i·lies.Biology.
  1. 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


/ (ˈsuːpəˌfæmɪlɪ) /

nounplural -lies
  1. biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a suborder

  2. any analogous group, such as a group of related languages

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Scientific definitions for superfamily


[ sōōpər-făm′ə-lē ]

  1. 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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