phyle

[fahy-lee]

Origin of phyle

1860–65; < Greek phȳlḗ, akin to phŷlon phylon
Related formsphy·lic, adjective
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phyle

noun plural -lae (-liː)
  1. a tribe or clan of an ancient Greek people such as the Ionians
Derived Formsphylic, adjective

Word Origin for phyle

C19: from Greek phulē tribe, clan
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