tragus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tragus a small cartilaginous flap in front of the external opening of the ear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
    • n Tragus (Anat) The prominence in front of the external opening of the ear. See Illust. under Ear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tragus trā′gus a small prominence at the entrance of the external ear: a corresponding process in bats, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a part of the inner ear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tragos.

Usage

In literature:

The distance from the vertex to the tragus is uniformly great.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
The large ears have a tragus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Leonardo da Vinci, Brunfels, Fuchs, Tragus, Euricius and Valerius Cordus.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
The anti-tragus is undeveloped.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
If the pain be not quickly relieved, a leech should be applied at the base of the tragus.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
The ears are large, but have no tragus.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

The tragus would not be a good choice for ear piercing because it is made of thick cartilage.
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