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 ph&umacron;letikos, of or for a tribesman, from ph&umacron;let&emacron;s, tribesman, from ph&umacron;l&emacron;, tribe; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.