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nounAncient Greek History
A soldier belonging to a phalanx.
Mid 18th century. From classical Latin phalangītes soldier belonging to a phalanx (Livy; only recorded in plural phalangītae) from Hellenistic Greek ϕαλαγγίτης from ancient Greek ϕαλαγγ-, ϕάλαγξ + -ίτης.
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