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Meaning of COLONY

Pronunciation:  'kâlunee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a group of animals of the same type living together
  2. [n]  (microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell
  3. [n]  a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government
  4. [n]  one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States

COLONY is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: settlement
 See Also: America, animal group, body, Calpe, colonial, Connecticut, Delaware, Demerara, frontier settlement, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, Georgia, Gibraltar, Maryland, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, outpost, Pennsylvania, Plantation, Plymouth Colony, proprietary colony, Rhode Island, Rock of Gibraltar, South Carolina, U.S., U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, Virginia



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Col"o*ny\, n.; pl. {Colonies}. [L. colonia, fr. colonus
    farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf.
    1. A company of people transplanted from their mother country
       to a remote province or country, and remaining subject to
       the jurisdiction of the parent state; as, the British
       colonies in America.
             The first settlers of New England were the best of
             Englishmen, well educated, devout Christians, and
             zealous lovers of liberty. There was never a colony
             formed of better materials.           --Ames.
    2. The district or country colonized; a settlement.
    3. A company of persons from the same country sojourning in a
       foreign city or land; as, the American colony in Paris.
    4. (Nat. Hist.) A number of animals or plants living or
       growing together, beyond their usual range.
  2. \Col"o*ny\, n.
    1. (Bot.) A cell family or group of common origin, mostly of
       unicellular organisms, esp. among the lower alg[ae]. They
       may adhere in chains or groups, or be held together by a
       gelatinous envelope.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) A cluster or aggregation of zooids of any
       compound animal, as in the corals, hydroids, certain
       tunicates, etc.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) A community of social insects, as ants, bees,
Biology Dictionary
  1. A group of identical cells (clones) derived from a single parent cell.
  2. A clone of bacterial cells on a solid medium that is visible to the naked eye.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The city of Philippi was a Roman colony (Acts 16:12), i.e., a military settlement of Roman soldiers and citizens, planted there to keep in subjection a newly-conquered district. A colony was Rome in miniature, under Roman municipal law, but governed by military officers (praetors and lictors), not by proconsuls. It had an independent internal government, the jus Italicum; i.e., the privileges of Italian citizens.

 Definition: A group of identical cells (clones) derived from a single progenitor cell.
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