from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a tribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to, tribes
  • adj. Based on or organized according to tribes.
  • n. A design or image that has been influenced by indigenous peoples; especially such a tattoo

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a tribe or tribes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a tribe; characteristic of a tribe: as, tribal organization; tribal customs; a tribal community.
  • In biology, of or pertaining to phyla or other broad divisions of the animal kingdom: as, tribal history (that is phylogeny, as distinguished from germ-history or ontogeny).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or characteristic of a tribe


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