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tribe (traɪb)
1.  a social division of a people, esp of a preliterate people, defined in terms of common descent, territory, culture, etc
2.  an ethnic or ancestral division of ancient cultures, esp of one of the following
 a.  any of the three divisions of the ancient Romans, the Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans
 b.  one of the later political divisions of the Roman people
 c.  any of the 12 divisions of ancient Israel, each of which was named after and believed to be descended from one of the 12 patriarchs
 d.  a phyle of ancient Greece
3.  informal, jocular often
 a.  a large number of persons, animals, etc
 b.  a specific class or group of persons
 c.  a family, esp a large one
4.  biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a subfamily
5.  stockbreeding a strain of animals descended from a common female ancestor through the female line
[C13: from Latin tribus; probably related to Latin trēs three]

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