[ kleyd ]

  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clade in a sentence

  • Atque in has clades incidimus (redeundum est enim ad propositum), dum metui quam cari esse et diligi malumus.

    De Officiis | Marcus Tullius Cicero

British Dictionary definitions for clade


/ (kleɪd) /

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

Origin of clade

C20: from Greek klados branch, shoot

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Scientific definitions for 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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