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Map showing African colonies (region ruled by another country) in 1913.
A colony (group of organisms living together) of king penguins.



From Latin colōnia(colony), from colōnus(farmer; colonist), from colō(till, cultivate, worship), from earlier *quelō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel-(to move; to turn (around)).


colony (plural colonies)

  1. Governmental unit created on land of another country owned by colonists from a country
  2. A settlement of emigrants who move to a new place, but remain culturally tied to their original place of origin
  3. Region or governmental unit created by another country and generally ruled by another country.
  4. A group of people with the same interests or ethnic origin concentrated in a particular geographic area
  5. A group of organisms of same or different species living together in close association.
  6. A collective noun for rabbits.

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