Meaning of subfamily

sub•fam•i•ly

Pronunciation: (sub-fam'u-lē, -fam'lē, sub'fam"u-lē, -fam"lē), [key]
— pl. -lies.
  1. a category of related genera within a family.
  2. (in the classification of related languages within a family) a category of a higher order than a branch. Cf.(def. 8),(def. 14).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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