Kyla, has a phyla
And a family and an order too.
She's a lass who's got class
And a genus just like me and you.
The only problem is that "phyla" is a plural noun, and as such, cannot grammatically be preceded with "a". I've struggled with that first line and simply cannot come up with a replacement that scans well. There is some precedent for treating Latin plurals as singular nouns in English: data, the plural of the second-declension neuter noun datum, is probably the most well-known example. But "phyla", to the best of my knowledge, is not one of them, and I'm stuck contemplating this one flaw to a song that I find otherwise perfect. Anyone got a solution?