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a combining form meaning “race,” “tribe,” “kind”:
Also, especially before a vowel, phyl-.
Origin of phylo-
< Greek, combining form of phŷlon phylon Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phylo-


combining form
tribe; race; phylum: phylogeny
Word Origin
from Greek phulon race
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Word Origin and History for phylo-

before vowels phyl-, word-forming element from comb. form of Greek phylon, phyle "a tribe," also "a political subdivision in ancient Athens," from base of phyein "to bring forth, produce, make to grow," whence also physis "nature" (see physic).

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phylo- in Medicine

phylo- pref.
Tribe, race, or phylum: phylogenesis.

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