Definitions for cladekleɪd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a group of organisms sharing features that reflect a common ancestor or descent.
Category: Biology, Taxonomy
Origin of clade:
1957; < Gk kládos branch
a group of biological taxa or species that share features inherited from a common ancestor
A group of animals or other organisms derived from a common ancestor species.
A higher level grouping of a genetic haplogroup.
Origin: From κλάδος.
A clade or monophylum is a group consisting of an ancestor and all its descendants, a single "branch" on the "tree of life". The ancestor may be an individual, a breeding pair, a population or even a species. Many familiar groups, the rodents and the insects for example, are clades; others, like the lizards and the monkeys, are not. Increasingly, taxonomists try to name preferably or only taxa that are clades.
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