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[fal-uh nj, fuh-lanj, fey-lanj] /ˈfæl əndʒ, fəˈlændʒ, ˈfeɪ lændʒ/

noun, plural phalanges
[fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy, Zoology.
a phalanx.
noun (pl) phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
(anatomy) another name for phalanx (sense 5)

mid-15c., “phalanx, ancient military division,” from Middle French phalange “phalanx” (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English.


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