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Family (biology)
In biological classification, family is
  • taxonomic rank. Other well-known ranks are lifedomainkingdomphylumclassordergenus, and species, with family fitting between order and genus. As for the other well-known ranks, there is the option of an immediately lower rank, indicated by the prefix sub-: subfamily (Latin: ).
  • a taxonomic unit, a taxon, in that rank. In that case the plural is families (Latin )
ExampleWalnuts and hickories belong to Juglandaceae, the walnut family

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