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 for tribe
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tribe \Tribe\, v. t.
     To distribute into tribes or classes. [R.]
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           Our fowl, fish, and quadruped are well tribed. --Abp.
     [1913 Webster] Triblet

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tribe \Tribe\, n. [L. tribus, originally, a third part of the
     Roman people, afterwards, a division of the people, a tribe;
     of uncertain origin: cf. F. tribu.]
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     1. 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. "The Lion of the tribe of Juda." --Rev. v.
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              A wealthy Hebrew of my tribe.         --Shak.
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     2. (Bot.) A number of species or genera having certain
        structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of
        plants; a tribe of animals.
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     Note: By many recent naturalists, tribe has been used for a
           group of animals or plants intermediate between order
           and genus.
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     3. 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.
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     4. 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.
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     5. (Stock Breeding) A family of animals descended from some
        particular female progenitor, through the female line; as,
        the Duchess tribe of shorthorns.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a social division of (usually preliterate) people [syn:
           tribe, folk]
      2: a federation (as of American Indians) [syn: tribe,
         federation of tribes]
      3: (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a
      4: group of people related by blood or marriage [syn: kin,
         kin group, kinship group, kindred, clan, tribe]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  136 Moby Thesaurus words for "tribe":
     age group, animal kingdom, band, battalion, bevy, biotype, blood,
     body, branch, brand, breed, brigade, brood, bunch, cabal, cast,
     caste, character, clan, class, clique, cohort, color, company,
     complement, contingent, corps, coterie, covey, crew, crowd, deme,
     denomination, description, designation, detachment, detail,
     division, dynasty, ethnic group, faction, family, feather, fleet,
     folk, form, gang, genotype, genre, gens, genus, grain, group,
     grouping, groupment, house, ilk, in-group, junta, kidney, kin,
     kind, kindred, kingdom, label, line, lineage, lot, make, manner,
     mark, matriclan, mob, mold, movement, nation, nature, number,
     order, out-group, outfit, pack, party, patriclan, pedigree,
     peer group, people, persuasion, phalanx, phratry, phyle, phylum,
     plant kingdom, platoon, posse, race, regiment, salon, section,
     seed, sept, series, set, shape, sort, species, squad, stable,
     stamp, stem, stirps, stock, strain, string, stripe, style,
     subclass, subfamily, subgenus, subkingdom, suborder, subspecies,
     subtribe, superclass, superfamily, superorder, superspecies, team,
     the like of, the likes of, totem, troop, troupe, type, variety,

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     a collection of families descending from one ancestor. The
     "twelve tribes" of the Hebrews were the twelve collections of
     families which sprang from the sons of Jacob. In Matt. 24:30 the
     word has a wider significance. The tribes of Israel are referred
     to as types of the spiritual family of God (Rev. 7). (See

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