: a group of biological taxa (such as species) that includes all descendants of one common ancestor

Examples of clade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Congo Basin clade became clade I and the West African clade, clade II. Byscience News Staff,, 1 Dec. 2022 In the meantime, use of clade 1 and clade 2 will likely become entrenched. Helen Branswell, STAT, 2 Aug. 2022 Sharks occupy a clade, or family group descended from a common ancestor, that’s divided into several smaller groups based on body styles and other characteristics. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2023 The four most recent cases were infected with the West African clade of monkeypox, which causes milder disease than the Central African clade, the UKHSA said. Helen Branswell, STAT, 19 May 2022 Jellyfish belong to a clade of animals called medusozoans, which includes the box jellies, hydroids, stalked jellyfish, and true jellyfish that swim in the oceans today. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 2 Aug. 2023 Prepandemic influenza vaccine virus, based on the new clade strain, has been proposed. Erik Karlsson, Scientific American, 6 Apr. 2023 There are two clades of monkeypox: the West African clade and the Congo Basin clade. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 19 May 2022 As cooling drove northern oak populations extinct, the divisions between the two continents became very clean, with no species from the Eurasian clade showing up in the Americas and only two branches of the American clade showing up in Eurasia. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, 15 July 2020 See More

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Word History


Greek klados

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clade was in 1911

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“Clade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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