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n. pl. phy·lae (-lē)
A large citizens' organization based on kinship, constituting the largest political subdivision of an ancient Greek city-state.

[Greek phūlē, tribe, phyle; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

phy′lic adj.
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n, pl -lae (-liː)
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a tribe or clan of an ancient Greek people such as the Ionians
[C19: from Greek phulē tribe, clan]
ˈphylic adj
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(ˈfaɪ li)

n., pl. -lae (-lē).
(in ancient Greece) any of various hereditary corporate subdivisions of a population, as the traditional tribal subdivisions of the Dorians and Ionians.
[1860–65; < Greek phȳlḗ]
phy′lic, adj.
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Noun1.phyle - a tribe of ancient Athenians
tribe, folk - a social division of (usually preliterate) people
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124: Den Resten auf dem Grabkegel wie auch der Umzeichnung nach ware hr.i [??] fdw-nw "Vorsteher der vierten Phyle" und nicht hr.i [??] hmt-nw "Vorsteher der dritten Phyle" zu lesen.
Thus, after Hackworth is sentenced to a ten-year reclusion for the theft of intellectual property (a process that forced him to become a double agent against the Victorians and to decrypt the Primer for the Chinese so that this phyle can educate a myriad of orphan girls) he is dispatched to the Drummers' world.