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phratry

noun phra·try \ˈfrā-trē\
plural phratries

Definition of PHRATRY

1
:  a kinship group forming a subdivision of a Greek phyle
2
:  a tribal subdivision; specifically :  an exogamous group typically comprising several totemic clans

Origin of PHRATRY

Greek phratria, from phratēr member of the same clan, member of a phratry — more at brother
First Known Use: 1833

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