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phyla (ˈfaɪlə Pronunciation for phyla



  1. the plural of phylum

phylum (ˈfaɪləm Pronunciation for phylum



(plural) -la  (-lə) 
  1. a major taxonomic division of living organisms that contain one or more classes. An example is the phylum Arthropoda (insects, crustaceans, arachnids, etc, and myriapods)
  2. any analogous group, such as a group of related language families or linguistic stocks

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Greek phulon race

Example Sentences Including 'phyla'

Genera are groups like Homo with a species sapiens, Families are on the scale of many genera, and phyla are big groups like Chordata.
Michael Boulter EXTINCTION: Evolution and the End of Man (2002)
Of the 33 animal phyla (or major divisions of the animal kingdom), 32 can be found in the sea.
New Scientist (1998)


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