American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Biology A primary division of a kingdom, as of the animal kingdom, ranking next above a class in size. See Table at taxonomy.
- n. Linguistics A large division of possibly genetically related families of languages or linguistic stocks.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any primary division or subkingdom of the animal or vegetable kingdom. , , , , , Cuvier recognized four animal types which would now be called phyla: the Radiata, Mollusca, Articulata, and Vertebrata. Zoologists now recognize at least seven such phyla:
- n. The graphic representation of the evolution of one or several forms of animal life by descent with modification from preexisting ancestors, on the principle of the construction of a genealogical table or “family tree.”
- n. In botany, a great group or sub-kingdom of the vegetable kingdom, next above a class. The Spermatophyta or seed-bearing plants constitute a phylum, formerly known as flowering plants or phanerogams. The cryptogams, or so-called flowerless plants, are now subdivided into several phyla. The vascular cryptogams constitute the phylum Pteridophyta. The Bryophyta are usually regarded as a phylum. With regard to the lower cellular cryptogams (Algæ, Fungi, etc.) the classification into phyla is still unsettled.
- n. biology, taxonomy A rank in the classification of organisms, below kingdom and above class; also called a division, especially in describing plants; a taxon at that rank
- n. linguistics A large division of possibly related languages, or a major language family which is not subordinate to another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the larger divisions of the animal kingdom; a branch; a grand division.
- n. (Biol.) A series of animals or plants genetically connected.
- n. (biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes
- n. (linguistics) a large group of languages that are historically related
- From Latin phylum, from Ancient Greek φῦλον (phulon, "tribe, race"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin phȳlum, from Greek phūlon, class; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Types of animals that have the same body plan are generally grouped together in the same phylum, which is the biological classification right under kingdom kingdom divides organisms into bacteria, plants, animals, and a few other categories.”
“The paper above also discusses the problem of the concept of a phylum, which is highly artificial and has lead to much confusion.”
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“In any event, we can start our classification system at the "phylum" level.”
“If you do not understand the coeffcients of nuclear (solar and galactic)radiation as an energy inputand its qualitative energy budget or the biochemistry of say refrigerant bacteria such as phylum Pseudomonas the activators and inhibitors of chemical thermodynamics and thermodiffusion state it in your discourse,ie provide a risk matrix of the levels of understanding of unquantified variables and the correlation of accuracy (proof) of the gcm.”
“This, though, was a different line of evolution, even a different phylum, if "phylum" meant anything here.”
“The bird "phylum" was struthious, and wings grew out of rudimentary forelimbs.”
““Although best known for the famous statement “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”, he also coined many words commonly used by biologists today, such as phylum, phylogeny, and ecology.”
“He divided the universe of living things into seven categories: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.”
“Even if mutants were a distinct species, no self-respecting biologist would ever use such a loaded term for a phylum name.”
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