clade

[kleyd]
noun Biology.
  1. a taxonomic group of organisms classified together on the basis of homologous features traced to a common ancestor.

Origin of clade

First recorded in 1957, clade is from the Greek word kládos branch
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British Dictionary definitions for clade

clade

noun
  1. biology a group of organisms considered as having evolved from a common ancestor

Word Origin for clade

C20: from Greek klados branch, shoot
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Word Origin and History for clade
n.

"group of organisms evolved from a common ancestor," 1957, from Greek klados "young branch, offshoot of a plant, shoot broken off," from PIE *kele-, possibly from root *kel- "to strike, cut" (see holt).

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clade in Science

clade

[klād]
  1. A grouping of organisms made on the basis of their presumed evolutionary history, rather than purely on shared features. Clades consist of a common ancestor and all its descendants. The class Aves (birds) is a clade, but the class Reptilia (reptiles) is not, since it does not include birds, which are descended from the dinosaurs, a kind of reptile. Many modern taxonomists prefer to use clades in classification, and not all clades correspond to traditional groups like classes, orders, and phyla. Compare grade.
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