|—n , pl phalanxes, phalanges|
|1.||an ancient Greek and Macedonian battle formation of hoplites presenting long spears from behind a wall of overlapping shields|
|2.||any closely ranked unit or mass of people: the police formed a phalanx to protect the embassy|
|3.||a number of people united for a common purpose|
|4.||(in Fourierism) a group of approximately 1800 persons forming a commune in which all property is collectively owned|
|5.||anatomy any of the bones of the fingers or toesRelated: phalangeal|
|a. a bundle of stamens, joined together by their stalks (filaments)|
|b. Compare guerrilla a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is on a broad front, as in the common reed|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek: infantry formation in close ranks, bone of finger or toe]|
phalanx pha·lanx (fā'lāngks', fāl'āngks')
n. pl. pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges (fə-lān'jēz, fā-)
Any of the long bones of the fingers or toes, numbering 14 for each hand or foot: two for the thumb or big toe, and three each for the other four digits.
|phalanx (fā'lāngks') Pronunciation Key
Plural phalanges (fə-lān'jēz)
Any of the small bones of the fingers or toes in humans or the digits of many other vertebrates.