• WordNet 3.6
    • n occiput back part of the head or skull
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Occiput (Zoöl) A plate which forms the back part of the head of insects.
    • Occiput (Anat) The back, or posterior, part of the head or skull; the region of the occipital bone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n occiput In man, the hinder part of the head, or that part of the skull which forms the hind part of the head; the hindhead; the posterior part of the calvarium, from the middle of the vertex to the foramen magnum: opposed to sinciput.
    • n occiput In other vertebrates, a corresponding but varying part of the head or skull: as, in most mammals, only that part corresponding to the supraoccipital bone itself, or from the occipital protuberance to the foramen magnum.
    • n occiput In descriptive ornith., a frequent term for the part of the head which slopes up from nucha to vertex. See diagram under bird.
    • n occiput In herpetology, the generally flat back part of the top of the head, as where, in a snake for example, the occipital plates are situated.
    • n occiput In entomology, that part of the head behind the epicranium, belonging to the labial or second maxillary segment, and articulating with the thorax. It may be flat or concave, with sharp edges, or rounded and not distinctly divided from the rest of the head. The occiput properly forms an arch over the occipital foramen, by which the cavity of the head opens into that of the thorax, the foramen being closed beneath by the gula or by the submentum; but in Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Neuroptera this lower piece is not distinguished, and the whole back of the head is then called the occiput; the portion above the foramen may be distinguished as the cervix or nape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Occiput ok′si-put the back part of the head or skull
    • n Occiput the occipital bone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. ob,see Ob-) + caput, head. See Chief


In literature:

Daubenton has seen a case of union at the occiput, but further details are not quoted.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
There is near the occiput a deep and extensive fracture of the skull, which probably killed him.
"A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians" by H. C. Yarrow
Head moderate, subquadrangular, covered with regular keeled scales, of the occiput rather smaller.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
At the occiput: Here is an adventure!
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
The parting widened at the occiput to a well-kept tonsure.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Occiput or sinciput, deary?
"The Ghost" by William. D. O'Connor
Afterwards cupping on the occiput.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
I took my watch, which I placed three or four inches from her occiput.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Most of the specimens have some form of an irregular, usually broken, dark line from the occiput to the groin.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
Ears rather large, ovate and erect, placed close together on the occiput.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various

In news:

The preferred head length, measured from the occiput to the tip of the nose, is about 40% of the height of the dog, measured at the withers.
The upper, broader and shorter triangle represents the occiput or superior pole and the brain centres.