Origin of phyleModern Latin ; from Classical Greek phyl?, tribe, akin to phyein: see be
Origin of phyleGreek ph&umacron;l&emacron;, tribe, phyle; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(plural phyles or phylae)
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New Latin, from Ancient Greek, a body of men united by ties of blood or habitation.