- a grouping of clans or other social units within a tribe.
- (in ancient Greece) a subdivision of a phyle.
Origin of phratry
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A person would be described as of such a gens, phratry, and tribe.
It is somewhat difficult to understand just what the rights and duties of a phratry were.
The Mexican phratry was largely concerned with military matters.
The mother gens was distinguished from these as the phratry.Woman and Socialism
Some members of the Wolf phratry assert a right to the Eagle crest.Method in the Study of Totemism
- anthropol a group of people within a tribe who have a common ancestor
C19: from Greek phratria clan, from phratēr fellow clansman; compare Latin frāter brother
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