noun. a group of biological taxa or species that share features inherited from a common ancestor.
- κλάδος (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word clade
1. Noun, singular or mass
Among the largest species of the clade, the orange-colored Tropidophis melanurus reaches almost 3 feet in length; most of the other species are less than half of this length.
He argued that species should be identified and classified based on genetics and clade relationships, particularly monophyletic groups.