Greek phratria, from phratēr member of the same clan, member of a phratry — more at brother
1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1
“Phratry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phratry. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.
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