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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 345 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PHALANX (Gr. /&Xa'y, , of unknown origin), the name, in Greek history of the arrangement of heavy-armed infantry in a single close mass of spearmen (see ARMY: History). In anatomy, the Latin plural phalanges is the term applied to the bones of the finger and toe, and in botany to a group of united stamen clusters. The term " phalanx " was adopted by F. C. M. Fourier (q.v.) as the name of the socialistic community living in a " phalanstery."
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