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[frey-tree] /ˈfreɪ tri/
noun, plural phratries.
a grouping of clans or other social units within a tribe.
(in ancient Greece) a subdivision of a phyle.
Origin of phratry
1745-55; < Greek phrātría, equivalent to phrātr-, stem of phrātḗr clansman (akin to brother) + -ia -y3
Related forms
phratric, phratral, phratriac, phratrial, adjective
subphratry, noun, plural subphratries. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tries
(anthropol) a group of people within a tribe who have a common ancestor
Derived Forms
phratric, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek phratria clan, from phratēr fellow clansman; compare Latin frāter brother
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