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colonize

(kŏl′ə-nīz′)
v. colo·nized, colo·nizing, colo·nizes
v.tr.
1. To form or establish a colony or colonies in.
2. To migrate to and settle in; occupy as a colony.
3. To resettle or confine (persons) in or as if in a colony.
4. To subjugate (a population) to or as if to a colonial government.
v.intr.
1. To form or establish a colony.
2. To settle in a colony or colonies.

col′o·niz′er n.
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In writing land=woman, woman=land, Stretzer follows a tradition of spatial metaphors that consistently, and reductively equate the female body with a transparently accessible (and colonizable) space.
Small grass patches may have been perceived simply as obstacles because they contain insufficient resources, whereas larger patches may have been viewed as colonizable habitat.
Surface area of small woody debris made up a considerable proportion of colonizable organic substrate in the reference stream and wood was the only large organic substrate left for microbial colonization after leaf exclusion (Table 2).
In this case, individuals of even highly colonizing species are unlikely to possess the optimal phenotype for a particular colonizable habitat (Brown and Marshall 1981), a circumstance that may alter the demography of colonizing populations and result in variable selection pressures.
Phenology, the seasonal timing of life history events such as germination or reproduction, comprises a set of traits that may critically affect reproductive success (Rathcke and Lacey 1985) yet whose optima are likely to vary widely across colonizable habitats.