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CLAN, noun

1. A race; a family; a tribe. Hence, an association of persons under a chieftain.

2. In contempt, a sect, society, or body of persons closely united by some common interest or pursuit.

Note. In Russ. Kolieno signifies a knee, and a family, race or tribe. Irish glun, the knee, and a generation.