phylum "division of the plant or animal kingdom," 1876, from Mod.L., coined by Fr. naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832) from Gk. phylon "race, stock," related to phyle "tribe, clan," and phylein "bring forth" (see PHYSIC (Cf. physic)).

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  • phylum — [ filɔm ] n. m. • 1874; d apr. l all.; latinisation mod. du gr. phulon « race, tribu » ♦ Biol. Souche primitive d où est issue une série généalogique; suite des formes revêtues par les ascendants d une espèce (⇒ phylétique). Des phylums, ou plur …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • phylum — [fī′ləm] n. pl. phyla [fī′lə] [ModL, coined by CUVIER Baron Georges (Léopold Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert) < Gr phylon, tribe: see PHYLO ] 1. a major category in the classification of living organisms, esp. animals, ranking above a class and… …   English World dictionary

  • Phylum — Phy lum, n.; pl. {Phyla}. [NL. See {Phylon}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the larger divisions of the animal kingdom; a branch; a grand division. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) A series of animals or plants genetically connected. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phylum — index race Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • phylum — ► NOUN (pl. phyla) Zoology ▪ a principal taxonomic category that ranks above class and below kingdom. ORIGIN Greek phulon race …   English terms dictionary

  • Phylum — For other uses, see Phyla …   Wikipedia

  • Phylum — Embranchement (biologie) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Embranchement (homonymie). En systématique, l embranchement (en anglais phylum) est le deuxième niveau de classification classique (c est à dire n utilisant pas la notion de Rang) des… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • phylum — UK [ˈfaɪləm] / US noun [countable] Word forms phylum : singular phylum plural phyla science one of the groups that scientists divide animals into. It consists of several classes …   English dictionary

  • phylum — noun (plural phyla) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek phylon tribe, race more at phyl Date: 1876 1. a. a direct line of descent within a group b. a group that constitutes or has the unity of a phylum; specifically a primary category in biological… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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