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



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 Originlate 19th cent.: modern Latin from Greek, phulon ‘race’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phylum