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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Col·o·ny n.; pl. Colonies
 1. A company of people transplanted from their mother country to a remote province or country, and remaining subject to the jurisdiction of the parent state; as, the British colonies in America.
    The first settlers of New England were the best of Englishmen, well educated, devout Christians, and zealous lovers of liberty. There was never a colony formed of better materials.   --Ames.
 2. The district or country colonized; a settlement.
 4. A company of persons from the same country sojourning in a foreign city or land; as, the American colony in Paris.
 5. Nat. Hist. A number of animals or plants living or growing together, beyond their usual range.
 7.  Zool. A cluster or aggregation of zooids of any compound animal, as in the corals, hydroids, certain tunicates, etc.
 8.  Zool. A community of social insects, as ants, bees, etc.