Definition of phylum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

phylum

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfaɪləm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪləm//
 
(pl. phyla
BrE BrE//ˈfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪ//
 
)
(biology) Groups of animals
 
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a group into which animals, plants, etc. are divided, smaller than a kingdom and larger than a class compare genus Wordfinderbreed, class, classification, genus, hybrid, kingdom, order, phylum, species, taxonomy See related entries: Groups of animals Word Origin late 19th cent.: modern Latin from Greek, phulon ‘race’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phylum