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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek, 'line of a battle, bone of a finger or toe'

phalanx

noun
     
pha‧lanx plural phalanxes [countable] formal
a large group of people or things standing close together so that it is difficult to go through them
phalanx of
A solid phalanx of policemen blocked the road.

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