Definitions for phylumˈfaɪ ləm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phy•lum*ˈfaɪ ləm(n.)(pl.)-la

  1. the primary subdivision of a taxonomic kingdom, grouping together all classes of organisms that have the same body plan.

    Category: Biology

  2. a category consisting of language stocks that, because of cognates in vocabulary, are considered likely to be related by common origin.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

* (-lə)..

Origin of phylum:

1875–80; < NL < Gk phŷlon group with common ancestry, tribe, akin to phyein to bring forth, produce, be

phy′lar(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. phylum(noun)

    (linguistics) a large group of languages that are historically related

  2. phylum(noun)

    (biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes

Wiktionary

  1. phylum(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: From phylum, from φῦλον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phylum(noun)

    one of the larger divisions of the animal kingdom; a branch; a grand division

Freebase

  1. Phylum

    In biology, a phylum is a taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class. Traditionally, in botany the term "division" is used instead of "phylum", although in 1993 the International Botanical Congress accepted the designation "phylum". The kingdom Animalia contains approximately 35 phyla; the kingdom Plantae contains 12 phyla. Current research in phylogenetics is uncovering the relationships between phyla, which are contained in larger clades, like Ecdysozoa and Embryophyta.

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