Definition of cline in English:

cline

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Pronunciation: /klʌɪn
 
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noun

1A continuum with an infinite number of gradations from one extreme to the other: a point along a cline of activity
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  • In sober fact, just for those moments, the cline between two weathers must I suppose have been only a couple of hundred yards wide and it just happened to coincide with the track.
  • Is there evidence of broad or narrow clines in vocal characters?
1.1 Biology A gradation in one or more characteristics within a species or other taxon, especially between different populations.
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  • There are numerous examples of population differentiation in body size and development time along latitudinal and elevational clines.
  • Even within a subspecies, vocalizations vary between sample points in a manner consistent with points along a cline.
  • In that study, the deflexus characters were reported to change to inflexus, and to coincide with a reduction in flower size along the geographical cline.

Origin

1930s: from Greek klinein 'to slope'.

Derivatives

clinal

adjective
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  • In contrast to the weak clinal pattern in wet weight, wing area showed strong negative slopes with T cline at all rearing temperatures.
  • The null clinal pattern would be supported by a negative relationship between T cline, and wing loading, as we have observed for T cline, and size.
  • Scatterplots show that those variables are related differently in the three putative species and appear not to vary in a clinal fashion.

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