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phalanx

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noun pha·lanx \ˈfā-ˌlaŋ(k)s, British usually ˈfa-\

Simple Definition of phalanx

  • : a large group of people, animals, or things often placed close together

Full Definition of phalanx

plural pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges play \fə-ˈlan-(ˌ)jēz, fā-, ˈfā-ˌ, British usually fa-\

  1. 1 :  a body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in close deep ranks and files; broadly :  a body of troops in close array

  2. 2 plural phalanges :  one of the digital bones of the hand or foot of a vertebrate

  3. 3 plural usually phalanxes a :  a massed arrangement of persons, animals, or things <a phalanx of armed guards> b :  an organized body of persons <a phalanx of lawyers>

Examples of phalanx

  1. A solid phalanx of armed guards stood in front of the castle.

  2. She had to go through a phalanx of television cameras.



Origin of phalanx

Latin phalang-, phalanx, from Greek, battle line, digital bone, literally, log — more at balk


First Known Use: 1553

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phalanx

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noun pha·lanx \ˈfā-ˌlaŋ(k)s, British usually ˈfal-ˌaŋ(k)s\

Medical Definition of phalanx

plural pha·lan·ges \fə-ˈlan-(ˌ)jēz, fā-, ˈfā-ˌ, British usually fal-ˈan-\play

  1. :  any of the digital bones of the hand or foot distal to the metacarpus or metatarsus of a vertebrate that in humans are three to each finger and toe with the exception of the thumb and big toe which have only two each



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