noun, plural phylae [fahy-lee] .
(in ancient Greece) a tribe or clan, based on supposed kinship.

1860–65; < Greek phȳlḗ, akin to phŷlon phylon

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phyle (ˈfaɪlɪ)
n , pl -lae
a tribe or clan of an ancient Greek people such as the Ionians
[C19: from Greek phulē tribe, clan]

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