noun, plural phy·lae [fahy-lee] /ˈfaɪ li/.

(in ancient Greece) a tribe or clan, based on supposed kinship.

Origin of phyle

1860–65; < Greek phȳlḗ, akin to phŷlon phylon
Related formsphy·lic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -lae (-liː)

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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