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phylum

 [fi´lum] (pl. phy´la) (L., Gr.)
a primary division of the plant or animal kingdom, including organisms that are assumed to have a common ancestry.
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phy·lum

, pl.

phy·la

(fī'lŭm, fī'lă),
A taxonomic division below the kingdom and above the class.
[Mod. L. fr. G. phylon, tribe]
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phylum

(fī′ləm)
n. pl. phy·la (-lə)
1. Biology A taxonomic category of organisms ranking below a kingdom and above a class. In the classification of plants, division often replaces phylum.
2. Linguistics A large division of possibly genetically related families of languages or linguistic stocks.
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phy·lum

, pl. phyla (fī'lŭm, -lă)
A taxonomic division below the kingdom and above the class.
[Mod. L. fr. G. phylon, tribe]
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phylum

The taxonomic group below kingdom and above class.
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phylum

(pl. phyla) a major grouping (TAXON) into which kingdoms (e.g. the animal kingdom), are divided and which is composed of a number of CLASSES.
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