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

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