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phalanxnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfæl.æŋks/  us   /ˈfeɪ.læŋks/ (plural phalanges or phalanxes) formal
  • phalanx noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

[+ sing/pl verb] a ​largegroup of ​peoplestanding very ​close to each other, usually for the ​purposes of ​defence or ​attack: Bodyguards ​formed a ​solid phalanx around the ​singer so that ​photographers couldn't get ​close.
  • phalanx noun [C] (BONE)

specialized anatomy any one of the ​smallbones of the ​fingers and ​toes: There are fourteen phalanges in the ​hand.
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