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Plural of phylum.
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(Linguistics) the plural of phylum
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n., pl. -la (-lə).
1. the primary subdivision of a taxonomic kingdom, grouping together all classes of organisms that have the same body plan.
2. a category consisting of language stocks that, because of cognates in vocabulary, are considered likely to be related by common origin.
[1875–80; < New Latin < Greek phŷlon group with common ancestry, tribe, akin to phyein to bring forth, produce, be]
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