colony noun

1 country ruled by another country

ADJ. overseas Britain's overseas colonies | self-governing | penal, plantation

VERB + COLONY establish Settlers established a new colony in the early 18th century.

PREP. in a/the ~

2 group of animals/plants

ADJ. huge, large, thriving | small | breeding | ant, bird, seal, etc. | coral

VERB + COLONY form Some of the insects will leave to form a new colony.

PREP. in a/the ~ The birds nest in huge colonies. | ~ of a colony of ants