phylum
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈfaɪləm/
Noun

phylum (plural phyla)

  1. (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.
  2. (linguistics) A large division of possibly related languages, or a major language family which is not subordinate to another.
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