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coterie (plural coteries)
- A circle of people who associate with one another.
- The new junior employee joined our merry after-hours coterie.
- An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.
- A tightly-knit coterie of executive powerbrokers made all the real decisions in the company.
- A communal burrow of prairie dogs.
- The coterie was located in the middle of our wheat field.
- 2000, Edward O. Wilson, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, page 473:
- The population of each coterie constantly changes over a period of a few months or years, by death, birth, and emigration. But the coterie boundary remains about the same, being learned by each prairie dog born into it.
- 2001, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Emperor's Embrace: The Evolution of Fatherhood:
- The odd part of prairie dog life is that this friendly state exists only among the members of each coterie, and does not extend between coteries.
- 2009, Miriam Aronin, The Prairie Dog's Town: A Perfect Hideaway, page 22:
- The Town Grows Young prairie dogs in a coterie are brothers and sisters. They have the same father and sometimes the same mother. To find a mate from a different family, young prairie dogs must travel to a new area.
circle of associates
An exclusive group — see clique