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Noun colony has 5 senses
  1. colony, settlement - 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
    --1 is a kind of body
    --1 has members: colonial
    --1 has particulars:
     frontier settlement, outpost; Plantation; proprietary colony; Demerara; Gibraltar, Rock of Gibraltar, Calpe; Plymouth Colony; New Amsterdam
    Derived forms: verb colonize1, verb colonize2, verb colonise1, verb colonise2
  2. colony - a group of animals of the same type living together
    --2 is a kind of
    animal group
  3. Colony - one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States
    --3 is a kind of
    geographical area, geographic area, geographical region, geographic region
    --3 is a part of
     United States, United States of America, America, US, U.S., USA, U.S.A.
    --3 has particulars:
     Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Maryland; Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bay Colony; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia
  4. colony, dependency - a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
    --4 is a kind of geographical area, geographic area, geographical region, geographic region
    --4 has particulars: Crown Colony; New Netherland
  5. colony - (microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell
    --5 is a kind of
    animal group
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