Friday, 9 November 2012

Entry: coccyx (n.)


In context:  "Her posture, that night, with her coccyx against something and looking down the length of her legs, was awfully close to the way Himself used to stand around."

Definition: The small triangular bone appended to the point of the sacrum and forming the termination of the spinal column in humans, formed by the coalescence of four rudimental coccygeal vertebræ; also, an analogous part in birds or other animals.


Other: I prefer to call it the 'rumpbone':

1615   H. Crooke Μικροκοσμογραϕια 493   In Dogs and Apes there are three coniugations proceeding out of the Coccyx or rump-bone.


SNOOT score: 1

Page: 522

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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