phalanx

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English[edit]

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Bones of the hand: carpals, metacarpals and phalanges
An Ancient Macedonian phalanx.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek φάλαγξ (phalanks, battle order, array).

Noun[edit]

phalanx (plural phalanxes or phalanges)

  1. (plural phalanxes) a large group of people, animals or things, compact or closely massed, or tightly knit and united in common purpose.
    • 2007, The Guardian, [1]
      There, the Paisleyites were being held back by another phalanx of soldiers and policemen.
    • 2007, The Guardian, [2]
      The Guardian today listed a phalanx of ministers who back the bill, including Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, Tony McNulty, the policing minister, Andy Burnham, the junior health minister, Ian Pearson, the climate change minister, John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, and Keith Hill, parliamentary private secretary to Tony Blair
  2. (anatomy, plural phalanges) One of the bones of the finger or toe.
  3. (historical, plural phalanxes) An ancient Greek and Macedonian military unit that consisted of several ranks and files (lines) of soldiers in close array with joined shields and long spears.
  4. (historical sociology) A Fourierite utopian community; a phalanstery.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (anatomy, bone of the finger or toe): phalange

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

phalanx f (genitive phalangis); third declension

  1. phalanx, battalion

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative phalanx phalangēs
genitive phalangis phalangum
dative phalangī phalangibus
accusative phalangem phalangēs
ablative phalange phalangibus
vocative phalanx phalangēs