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phalanx

  

      n   pl   , phalanxes, phalanges  
1    an ancient Greek and Macedonian battle formation of hoplites presenting long spears from behind a wall of overlapping shields  
2    any closely ranked unit or mass of people  
the police formed a phalanx to protect the embassy     
3    a number of people united for a common purpose  
4    (in Fourierism) a group of approximately 1800 persons forming a commune in which all property is collectively owned  
5      (Anatomy)   any of the bones of the fingers or toes  
   Related adj       phalangeal  
6      (Botany)   a bundle of stamens, joined together by their stalks (filaments)  
     (C16: via Latin from Greek: infantry formation in close ranks, bone of finger or toe)  
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