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Definition of Colony

Colony

  1. A company of people transplanted from their mother country to a remote province or country, and remaining subject to the jurisdiction of the parent state; as, the British colonies in America.
  2. The district or country colonized; a settlement.
  3. A company of persons from the same country sojourning in a foreign city or land; as, the American colony in Paris.
  4. A number of animals or plants living or growing together, beyond their usual range.
  5. A cell family or group of common origin, mostly of unicellular organisms, esp. among the lower algae. They may adhere in chains or groups, or be held together by a gelatinous envelope.
  6. A cluster or aggregation of zooids of any compound animal, as in the corals, hydroids, certain tunicates, etc.
  7. A community of social insects, as ants, bees, etc.

Colony Quotations

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.
Richard Dawkins

I was complexed and awkward that I was good for nothing and was always lying. I would lie to my school friends that I was a stud in my colony and to my colony friends that I was a stud in the school cricket and football teams, though I was in no team.
Imtiaz Ali

My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either.
Christopher Hitchens

The tools that a society uses to create and maintain itself are as central to human life as a hive is to bee life. Though the hive is not part of any individual bee, it is part of the colony, both shaped by and shaping the lives of its inhabitants.
Clay Shirky
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Colony Translations

colony in Afrikaans is kolonie
colony in Dutch is kolonie, nederzetting, volksplanting
colony in French is colonie
colony in German is Kolonie, Siedlung
colony in Swedish is koloni
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