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phalanx

noun [C] uk   /ˈfæl.æŋks/  us   /ˈfeɪ.læŋks/ (plural phalanxes or phalanges ) formal

phalanx noun [C] (group of people)

[+ sing/pl verb] a large group of people standing 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 medical any one of the small bones of the fingers and toes: There are fourteen phalanges in the hand.
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