armpit

[ahrm-pit]
noun
the hollow under the arm at the shoulder; axilla.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see arm1, pit1

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armpit (ˈɑːmˌpɪt)
 
n
1.  Technical name: axilla the small depression beneath the arm where it joins the shoulderRelated: axillary
2.  slang an extremely unpleasant place: the armpit of the Mediterranean
 
Related: axillary

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armpit
c.1400, from arm (1) + pit. Arm-hole (late 14c.) was used in this sense but was obsolete by 18c. Colloquial armpit of the nation for any locale regarded as ugly and disgusting was in use by 1965
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armpit arm·pit (ärm'pĭt')
n.
The hollow under the upper part of the arm below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major, the latissimus dorsi, the anterior serratus muscles, and the humerus, and containing the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue. Also called axilla, axillary fossa.

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armpit definition


  1. n.
    any undesirable place. (A nickname for an undesirable town or city.) : The town should be called the armpit of the nation.
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Example sentences
Elastic armband gets a little ripe, snuggled up next to your armpit and all.
The sensor is worn under the armpit and measures subtle changes in basal body
  temperature which is indicative of ovulation.
He put something under one armpit and put the rest of the pile back in the
  mailbox.
He holds the flashlight in his armpit while his gnarled hands work through the
  keys of a hundred solemn locks in this huge church.
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