Definition of phylum in English:

phylum

Syllabification: phy·lum
Pronunciation: /ˈfīləm
 
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noun (plural phyla /-lə/)

Zoology
  • 1A principal taxonomic category that ranks above class and below kingdom.
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    • The superphylum Deuterostomia contains the diverse phyla Chordata and Echinodermata and the minor phyla Hemichordata and Urochordata.
    • In the animal kingdom there are many phyla, and the mammals come into a phylum called the chordates.
    • Arthropods, chordates and annelids are the three segmented phyla in the animal kingdom.
  • 1.1 Linguistics A group of languages related to each other less closely than those forming a family, especially one in which the relationships are disputed or unclear.
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    • Na-Dene is one of the most widely distributed language phyla in North America.
    • Within a phylum, however, it may also be necessary to recognize some languages that have no close relatives and do not fall into families.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek phulon 'race'.

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