phylum

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noun phy·lum \ˈfī-ləm\

Definition of phylum

plural

phyla

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  1. 1a :  a direct line of descent within a groupb :  a group that constitutes or has the unity of a phylum; specifically :  a primary category in biological taxonomy especially of animals that ranks above the class and below the kingdom — compare division 10

  2. 2 :  a group of languages related more remotely than those of a family or stock

Origin and Etymology of phylum

New Latin, from Greek phylon tribe, race — more at phyl-


First Known Use: 1868


PHYLUM Defined for English Language Learners

phylum

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noun phy·lum \ˈfī-ləm\

Definition of phylum for English Language Learners

  • biology : a large group of related animals or plants


PHYLUM Defined for Kids

phylum

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noun phy·lum \ˈfī-ləm\

Definition of phylum for Students

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phyla

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  1. :  a group of related living things (as animals or plants) that ranks above the class and below the kingdom in scientific classification


Medical Dictionary

phylum

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noun phy·lum \ˈfī-ləm\

Medical Definition of phylum

plural

phyla

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  1. :  a major group of animals or in some classifications plants sharing one or more fundamental characteristics that set them apart from all other animals and plants and forming a primary category of the animal or plant kingdom the phylum Arthropoda



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