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Groups of living things

genus

noun

a group that includes all living things that have similar features. It usually has a Latin name.

species

noun

a plant or animal group whose members all have similar general features and are able to produce young plants or animals together

subspecies

noun

a group of plants or animals within a species that have slight genetic differences from other plants or animals in that species

phylum

noun

one of the groups that scientists divide animals into. It consists of several classes.

family

noun

a group of animals or plants that are related. A family has fewer members than an order or class

race

noun

a group of animals or plants that are similar to each other. A race of animals or plants is smaller than a species.

order

noun

a large group of plants or animals that are related to each other. An order includes more than a family and less than a class.

generic

adjective

relating to a genus

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