cline

noun
\ ˈklīn How to pronounce cline (audio) \

Definition of cline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of -cline (Entry 2 of 2)

: slope monocline

Other Words from cline

Noun

clinal \ ˈklī-​nᵊl How to pronounce cline (audio) \ adjective
clinally \ ˈklī-​nə-​lē How to pronounce cline (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of cline

Noun

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cline

Noun

Greek klinein

Noun combining form

back-formation from -clinal

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“Cline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cline. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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