Cline meaning

klīn
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A gradual change in a character or feature across the distributional range of a species or population, usually correlated with an environmental or geographic transition.
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Slope.

Anticline.

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A gradual change in a trait or in the frequency of a trait within a species over a geographical area.
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A gradual change in a character or feature across the distributional range of a species or population, usually correlated with an environmental or geographic transition.
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A gradual change in an inherited characteristic across the geographic range of a species, usually correlated with an environmental transition such as altitude, temperature, or moisture. For example, the body size in a species of warm-blooded animals tends to be larger in cooler climates (a latitudinal cline), while the flowering time of a plant may tend to be later at higher altitudes (an altitudinal cline). In species in which the gene flow between adjacent populations is high, the cline is typically smooth, whereas in populations with restricted gene flow the cline usually occurs as a series of relatively abrupt changes from one group to the next.
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(biology) A gradation in a character or phenotype within a species or other group.
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A surname​.
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Origin of cline

  • From Greek klīnein to lean klei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from –clinal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κλίνειν (klínein, “to lean, incline”) (from which also climate), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean).

    From Wiktionary