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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: continuus; CONTINUOUS

continuum

noun
     
con‧tin‧u‧um plural continuums or continua [countable] formal
a scale of related things on which each one is only slightly different from the one before:
The Creole language is really various dialects arranged on a continuum.
All the organisms in an ecosystem are part of an evolutionary continuum.

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