AskDefine | Define phyle

Dictionary Definition

phyle n : a tribe of ancient Athenians [also: phylae (pl)]

Extensive Definition

Phyle (Greek φυλή, clan, race, people, derived from ancient Greek φύεσθαι - to descend, to originate) is an ancient Greek term for clan or tribe.

Ancient Greece

Other

Global phyles figure prominently in the plot of Neal Stephenson's 1995 novel, The Diamond Age, set approximately in the late 21st Century.
phyle in German: Phyle
phyle in Spanish: Tribu (Antigua Grecia)
phyle in French: Tribus (Grèce antique)
phyle in Hungarian: Phülé
phyle in Dutch: Phyle
phyle in Norwegian: Fyle
phyle in Russian: Фила
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