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cline

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noun \ˈklīn\

Definition of cline

  1. :  a gradient of morphological or physiological change in a group of related organisms usually along a line of environmental or geographic transition

clinal play \ˈklī-nəl\ adjective
clinally play \-nə-lē\ adverb


Origin of cline

Greek klinein


First Known Use: 1938


-cline

noun combining form

Definition of -cline

  1. :  slope <monocline>



Origin of -cline

back-formation from -clinal


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