phratry

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noun phra·try \ˈfrā-trē\

Definition of phratry

plural

phratries

  1. 1 :  a kinship group forming a subdivision of a Greek phyle

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1833


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