subspecies

[suhb-spee-sheez, suhb-spee-]
noun, plural subspecies.
a subdivision of a species, especially a geographical or ecological subdivision.

Origin:
1690–1700; sub- + species

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subspecies (ˈsʌbˌspiːʃiːz)
 
n , pl -cies
biology ssp a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a species: usually occurs because of isolation within a species
 
subspecific
 
adj
 
subspe'cifically
 
adv

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subspecies   (sŭb'spē'shēz, -sēz)  Pronunciation Key 
A subdivision of a species of organisms, usually based on geographic distribution. The subspecies name is written in lowercase italics following the species name. For example, Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the western lowland gorilla, and Gorilla gorilla graueri is the eastern lowland gorilla.
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Example sentences
Environmentalists said it was a menace to a subspecies of red squirrel.
Fifteen different primate species and subspecies live there, but some of them
  are likely to disappear soon.
Now the iPod dock, a technological subspecies, has caved to peer pressure and
  added a streaming-media function of its own.
And any subspecies of that creature result in a loss of genetic information to
  the point that they cannot reproduce.
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