nounWord forms: plural ˈphaˌlanxes or phalanges (fəˈlænˌdʒiz
1. an ancient military formation of infantry in close, deep ranks with shields overlapping and spears extended
2. a massed group of individuals; compact body
3. a group of individuals united for a common purpose
4. the people forming a phalanstery
5. Anatomy any of the bones forming the fingers or toes
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Word origin of 'phalanx'
L < Gr, line of battle, bone between fingers, orig., log < IE base *bhel-,
log > balk