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noun, plural subspecies.
a subdivision of a species, especially a geographical or ecological subdivision.
noun (pl) -cies
(biology) a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a species: usually occurs because of isolation within a species ssp
(sŭb’spē’shēz, -sēz)
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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