cline

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See also: Cline and -cline

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κλίνειν (klínein, to lean, incline) (from which also climate), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean).

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cline (plural clines)

  1. (biology) A gradation in a character or phenotype within a species or other group.
  2. Any graduated continuum.
    • 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson and Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, p. 412
      This account effectively reconstructs the well-known grammaticalisation cline from anaphora to agreement, …

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  • cline at OneLook Dictionary Search