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.

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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

  • Phylum — ⇒ Stamm …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — 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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