subcolony

noun sub·col·o·ny \ ˌsəb-ˈkä-lə-nē \
variants: or sub-colony

Definition of subcolony

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

First Known Use of subcolony

1825

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