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colony

noun [C] (GROUP)    /ˈkɒl.ə.ni/ US  /ˈkɑː.lə-/
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
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