Biol. of or pertaining to a phylum or to an evolutionary line of descent
Origin of phyleticModern Latin phyleticus from Classical Greek phyletikos from phylet?s, tribesman from phyl?: see phyle
Of or relating to the evolutionary descent and development of a species or other taxonomic group of organisms, especially to gradual change rather than to the branching of taxa.
Origin of phyleticFrom Greek phūletikos of or for a tribesman from phūletēs tribesman from phūlē tribe ; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.