con|tin|u|um [kənˈtınjuəm] n plural continuums or continua [-njuə] formal
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: continuus; CONTINUOUS]
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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