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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek φυλή (phulḗ, a union of individuals into a community).


phyle (plural phyles or phylae)

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  1. (historical) A local division of the people in ancient Athens; a clan; a tribe.
  2. (historical) A subdivision of the priestly caste in ancient Egypt; headed by a phylarch.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for phyle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)