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[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.
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Origin of superfamily

First recorded in 1870–75; super- + family
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Examples from the Web for superfamily

Historical Examples of 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


noun plural -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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superfamily in Science


  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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