noun, plural phy·la [fahy-luh] /ˈfaɪ lə/.
Origin of phylum
Examples from the Web for phylum
Historical Examples of phylum
Little by little the phylum has been shorn of orders and classes.
Luminescence is more widespread in this phylum and more characteristic of the group as a whole than any other.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
Hence these five backboned classes may be brought together into a higher group called a branch or phylum.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
The higher animals begin with the twelfth phylum, namely, the Chordata, or vertebrates.
The phylum also includes, as one of its large suborders, all the snails and slugs that are to be found crawling upon the land.
noun plural -la (-lə)
Word Origin for phylum
"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.