phalanx

Part of speech: noun

The Macedonian military formation with ranks 8 to 16 deep; any compact body or corps.

Part of speech: noun

One of the bones of the fingers or toes.

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Usage examples "phalanx":

  1. In early winter the wild ducks fly overhead in a wedge- shaped phalanx, and by and by they pair, and if disturbed start up with a sudden quack, quack from the copse- wood pond. - "John Keble's Parishes", Charlotte M Yonge.
  2. The evergreens are marshalled in serried ranks, spire above spire, like a phalanx of German soldiers clad in their green coats, their spiked helmets gleaming in the evening light. - "See America First", Orville O. Hiestand.
  3. I defy the honorable gentleman; I defy the government; I defy their whole phalanx; let them come forth. - "The American Union Speaker", John D. Philbrick.