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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.
n, pl -la (-lə)
1. (Biology) a major taxonomic division of living organisms that contain one or more classes. An example is the phylum Arthropoda (insects, crustaceans, arachnids, etc, and myriapods)
2. (Linguistics) any analogous group, such as a group of related language families or linguistic stocks
[C19: New Latin, from Greek phulon race]
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]
A group of organisms ranking above a class and below a kingdom. See Table at taxonomy.
any of the basic divisions of the plant or animal kingdom. Cf. phylon.See also: Botany
any of the basic divisions of the plant or animal kingdom.See also: Classification
any of the major subdivisions of the plant or animal kingdom. Cf. phylon. See also linguistics.See also: Animals
A major group of organisms that is a subdivision of a kingdom, e.g. mollusks.
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|Noun||1.||phylum - (linguistics) a large group of languages that are historically related|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
social group - people sharing some social relation
|2.||phylum - (biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes|
phylum Pyrrophyta, Pyrrophyta - a division of lower plants comprising unicellular and biflagellate algae that form starchy compounds
phylum Protozoa, Protozoa - in some classifications considered a superphylum or a subkingdom; comprises flagellates; ciliates; sporozoans; amoebas; foraminifers
subphylum Tunicata, subphylum Urochorda, subphylum Urochordata, Tunicata, Urochorda, Urochordata - tunicates
Craniata, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata, Vertebrata - fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; mammals
Arthropoda, phylum Arthropoda - jointed-foot invertebrates: arachnids; crustaceans; insects; millipedes; centipedes
Cnidaria, Coelenterata, phylum Cnidaria, phylum Coelenterata - hydras; polyps; jellyfishes; sea anemones; corals
Ctenophora, phylum Ctenophora - comb jellies; sea acorns; a small phylum formerly considered a class of Coelenterata
Acanthocephala, phylum Acanthocephala - phylum or class of elongated wormlike parasites that live in the intestines of vertebrates: spiny-headed worms
Aschelminthes, Nematoda, phylum Aschelminthes, phylum Nematoda - unsegmented worms: roundworms; threadworms; eelworms
Cycliophora, phylum Cycliophora - tiny marine organisms each the size of a period found in great numbers on lobsters' lips; identified tentatively in 1995 as a new phylum or as possible link between Entoprocta and Ectoprocta
Echinodermata, phylum Echinodermata - radially symmetrical marine invertebrates including e.g. starfish and sea urchins and sea cucumbers
kingdom - the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia
subphylum - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and a class
class - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
division - (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum