"colonies" in the noun sense
1. colony, settlement
a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government
"the American colony in Paris"
a group of organisms of the same type living or growing together
one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States
a place where a group of people with the same interest or occupation are concentrated
"a nudist colony"
"an artists' colony"
5. colony, dependency
a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell
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