- a taxonomic rank. Ither well-kent ranks are life, domain, kinrick, phylum, class, order, genus, an species, wi faimily fittin atween order an genus. As for the ither well-kent ranks, thare is the option o an immediately lawer rank, indicatit bi the prefix sub-: subfaimily (Latin: subfamilia).
- a taxonomic unit, a taxon, in that rank. In that case the plural is faimilies (Latin familiae)
What daes an daes nae alang tae ilka faimily is determined bi a taxonomist. Similarly for the quaisten if a parteecular faimily should be recognised at aw. Eften thare is na exact agreement, wi different taxonomists ilka takin a different poseetion. Thare are na haird rules that a taxonomist needs tae follae in describing or recognizing a faimily. Some taxa are acceptit almaist universally, while ithers are recognised anly rarely.