Etymology
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phylum (n.)

"a primary division of the plant or animal kingdom, a genetically related tribe or race of organisms," 1868, Modern Latin, coined by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832) from Greek phylon "race, stock," related to phylē "tribe, clan" (see phylo-). The immediate source of the English word probably is from German.

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Definitions of phylum

phylum (n.)
(linguistics) a large group of languages that are historically related;
phylum (n.)
(biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes;
From wordnet.princeton.edu