sub·​col·​o·​ny ˌsəb-ˈkä-lə-nē How to pronounce subcolony (audio)
variants or sub-colony
plural subcolonies or sub-colonies
: a colony that is a subdivision of a larger colony
a breeding subcolony of penguins
… the connections between mother cities and their colonies and among the colonies and subcolonies … all created a new kind of 'Greek' convergence in the ancient Mediterranean.Irad Malkin

Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcolony was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Subcolony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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