cline

noun
\ ˈklīn \

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 \ adjective
clinally \-nə-lē \ 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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Dictionary Entries near cline

clinch knot

clinch nail

clinch nut

cline

-cline

cliner

cling

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