Phylum meaning

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The definition of a phylum is a major category of living organisms, or a group of genetically related language families.

An example of a phylum is Mollusca which means an invertebrate animal such as an octopus.

An example of a phylum is the group of Indo-European languages spoken in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Oceania.

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A large division of possibly genetically related families of languages or linguistic stocks.
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(biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below kingdom and above class; also called a division, especially in describing plants; a taxon at that rank.

Mammals belong to the phylum Chordata.

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(linguistics) A large division of possibly related languages, or a major language family which is not subordinate to another.
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A major category in the classification of living organisms, esp. animals, ranking above a class and below a kingdom: it can include one class or many similar classes: the Latinized phylum names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Arthropoda, arthropods)
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A group of organisms ranking above a class and below a kingdom.
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A taxonomic category of organisms ranking below a kingdom and above a class. In the classification of plants, division often replaces phylum.
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A taxonomic category of organisms ranking below a kingdom and above a class. In the classification of plants, division often replaces phylum.
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Origin of phylum

  • New Latin phȳlum from Greek phūlon class bheuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin phylum, from Ancient Greek φῦλον (phulon, “tribe, race").

    From Wiktionary