One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The office or jurisdiction of a phylarch; the system of government or administration by phylarchs.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Matthias Earbery (1690–1740), writer and nonjuring Church of England clergyman. From ancient Greek ϕυλαρχία office of a phylarch from ϕύλαρχος + -ία.
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