noun, plural phratries.
a grouping of clans or other social units within a tribe.
(in ancient Greece) a subdivision of a phyle.

1745–55; < Greek phrātría, equivalent to phrātr-, stem of phrātḗr clansman (akin to brother) + -ia -y3

phratric, phratral, phratriac, phratrial, adjective
subphratry, noun, plural subphratries. Unabridged
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phratry (ˈfreɪtrɪ)
n , pl -tries
anthropol a group of people within a tribe who have a common ancestor
[C19: from Greek phratria clan, from phratēr fellow clansman; compare Latin frāter brother]

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