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Tribe (IPA: /ˈtɹaɪb/)


Tribe (n.)

A family, race, or series of generations, descending from the same progenitor, and kept distinct, as in the case of the twelve tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve sons of Jacob.

Tribe (n.)

A number of species or genera having certain structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of plants; a tribe of animals.

Tribe (n.)

A nation of savages or uncivilized people; a body of rude people united under one leader or government; as, the tribes of the Six Nations; the Seneca tribe.

Tribe (n.)

A division, class, or distinct portion of a people, from whatever cause that distinction may have originated; as, the city of Athens was divided into ten tribes.

Tribe (n.)

A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line; as, the Duchess tribe of shorthorns.

Tribe (v. t.)

To distribute into tribes or classes.