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colony

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒl.ə.ni/ us    /ˈkɑː.lə-/

colony noun [C] (GROUP)

a country or area controlled politically by a more powerful country that is often far away: Australia and New Zealand are former British colonies.Colonisation and self-government a group of people who live in a colonyColonisation and self-government a group of people with a shared interest or job who live together in a way that is separate from other people: an artists' colony a nudist colonyGroups of people specialized biology a group of animals, insects, or plants of the same type that live together: a colony of ants/termites/bacteriaAnimal groupings

colony noun [C] (HOUSES)

Indian English an area surrounded by fences or walls that contains a group of houses, for example houses that have been built by an employer for its workers
(Definition of colony from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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