- plural of phylum.
- a group that has a genetic relationship or common origin, as a race.
Origin of phylon
- Biology. the primary subdivision of a taxonomic kingdom, grouping together all classes of organisms that have the same body plan.
- Linguistics. a category consisting of language stocks that, because of cognates in vocabulary, are considered likely to be related by common origin.Compare stock(def 13).
Origin of phylum
Examples from the Web for phyla
Now the main divisions are often spoken of as phyla or races.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life
The animal kingdom has a varying number of divisions, called branches, subkingdoms, or phyla.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
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They belong to the two phyla Platyhelminthes (flat-worms) and Nemathelminthes (thread-worms, &c.).The New Gresham Encyclopedia
As far back as the record extends they show no sign of becoming merged with other phyla in any synthetic group.
It has, however, been held that certain other Cryptogamic phyla had a common origin with the Ferns.
- the plural of phylum
- a major taxonomic division of living organisms that contain one or more classes. An example is the phylum Arthropoda (insects, crustaceans, arachnids, etc, and myriapods)
- any analogous group, such as a group of related language families or linguistic stocks
Word Origin and History for phyla
"division of the plant or animal kingdom," 1868, Modern Latin, coined by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832) from Greek phylon "race, stock," related to phyle "tribe, clan" (see physic). The immediate source of the English word probably is from German.
- A taxonomic category that is a primary division of a kingdom and ranks above a class in size.
- A group of organisms ranking above a class and below a kingdom. See Table at taxonomy.