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clone

1clone

noun \ˈklōn\

biology : a plant or animal that is grown from one cell of its parent and that has exactly the same genes as its parent

: a product (such as a computer) that is a copy of another product produced by a well-known company

: a person or thing that appears to be an exact copy of another person or thing

Full Definition of CLONE

1
a :  the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by a single progenitor cell or organism
b :  an individual grown from a single somatic cell or cell nucleus and genetically identical to it
c :  a group of replicas of all or part of a macromolecule and especially DNA <clones of identical recombinant DNA sequences>
2
:  one that appears to be a copy of an original form :  duplicate <a clone of a personal computer>
clon·al \ˈklō-nəl\ adjective
clon·al·ly \-nə-lē\ adverb

Examples of CLONE

  1. the clone of an adult female sheep
  2. <the car is a clone under a different brand name—it's even manufactured in the same plant as its cousin>

Origin of CLONE

Greek klōn twig, slip; akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast
First Known Use: 1903

2clone

verb

: to make an exact copy of (a person, animal, or plant) : to make a clone of (something or someone)

clonedclon·ing

Full Definition of CLONE

transitive verb
1
:  to propagate a clone from
2
:  to make a copy of
intransitive verb
:  to produce a clone
clon·er \ˈklō-nər\ noun

Examples of CLONE

  1. Do you think scientists should clone humans?
  2. a plant produced by cloning

First Known Use of CLONE

circa 1948

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