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Definition of Family (biology)

Family (biology) Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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In biological classification, family (, plural ) is one of the eight major taxonomic ranks; it is classified between order and genus. A family may be divided into subfamilies, which are intermediate ranks above the rank of genus. In vernacular usage, a family may be named after one of its common members; for example, walnuts and hickory trees belong to the family Juglandaceae, commonly known as the walnut family.

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