clone Definition

  • 1an organism or cell, or group of organisms or cells, produced asexually from one ancestor or stock, to which they are genetically identical
  • 2a person or thing regarded as an exact copy of another

Using clone: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "clone" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sheep Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell.

  • Example

    The new smartphone is a clone of the previous model with minor upgrades.

  • Example

    The company produces clones of popular sneakers at a lower price.

  • Example

    He is a clone of his father, both in looks and personality.

clone Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for clone

Idioms Using clone

  • a chip off the old block (like father, like son)

    used to describe a child who is very similar to one or both of their parents in looks or behavior


    He's a chip off the old block - he has the same sense of humor as his father.

  • in someone's image/likeness

    resembling or similar to someone in appearance or character


    The new product is designed in Apple's image, with sleek lines and minimalist design.

  • dead ringer

    a person or thing that looks or sounds exactly like another


    The actor is a dead ringer for the politician he is portraying in the movie.

Phrases with clone

  • a fictional army of soldiers composed of identical clones


    In Star Wars, the Clone Army was created to fight against the Separatists.

  • a town or city where the high street or main shopping area is dominated by chain stores that are found in many other towns


    Many small towns in the UK have become clone towns, with identical chain stores and restaurants.

  • a feature in image editing software that allows users to duplicate or remove parts of an image by cloning pixels from one area to another


    The clone stamp tool in Photoshop is useful for removing unwanted objects from photos.

Origins of clone

from Greek 'klōn', meaning 'twig'


Summary: clone in Brief

The term 'clone' [kləʊn] refers to an organism or cell that is genetically identical to its ancestor, or a person or thing that is an exact copy of another. Examples include Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned, and the new smartphone model that is a clone of the previous one. The phrase 'clone town' describes a place where chain stores dominate the high street, while the 'clone stamp tool' is a feature in image editing software. Idioms like 'a chip off the old block' and 'in someone's image/likeness' describe people or things that resemble each other closely.

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