phratry

noun phra·try \ ˈfrā-trē \

Definition of phratry

plural phratries
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 and Etymology of phratry

Greek phratria, from phratēr member of the same clan, member of a phratry — more at brother


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