- (in ancient Greece) a tribe or clan, based on supposed kinship.
Origin of phyle
1860–65; < Greek phȳlḗ, akin to phŷlon phylon
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Examples from the Web for phyle
As to the men of Phyle, they too blocked the street at the opposite end, and facing the foe.Hellenica
Hence, he adds, were derived the names of the demes in the Dionysiac phyle at Alexandria, viz.Problems in Greek history
John Pentland Mahaffy
There was a marked rustle of the curtains in front of Professor Phyle at this episode.
There was Professor Phyle, the celebrated phrenologist—a tall man, with a gaunt face and long gray hair.
Professor Phyle, who had stuck his head out of the curtains, drew it in again suddenly, like the timid turtle.
- a tribe or clan of an ancient Greek people such as the Ionians
C19: from Greek phulē tribe, clan
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