Definition of clade in English:


Syllabification: clade
Pronunciation: /klād


  • A group of organisms believed to have evolved from a common ancestor, according to the principles of cladistics.
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    • Species in the two primary clades in the genus tend to be found in different parts of North America.
    • Fossils are often not ancestors of extant taxa, but instead may be extinct sister groups to modern taxa or clades.
    • The same mode of increase has been adopted independently in phylogenetically distinct clades.


1950s: from Greek klados 'branch'.

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