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.
[New Latin phȳlum, from Greek phūlon, class; see bheuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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