crura

crus

[kruhs, kroos]
noun, plural crura [kroor-uh] . Anatomy, Zoology.
1.
the part of the leg or hind limb between the femur or thigh and the ankle or tarsus; shank.
2.
a limb or process, as of a bone or other structure.
3.
any of various parts likened to a leg or to a pair of legs.

Origin:
1680–90; < Latin: leg, shank

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crura (ˈkrʊərə)
 
n
the plural of crus

crus (krʌs)
 
n , pl crura
1.  anatomy the leg, esp from the knee to the foot
2.  (usually plural) leglike parts or structures
 
[C17: from Latin: leg]

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cru
from Fr. cru "vineyard," lit. "growth" (16c.), from O.Fr. crois (12c.; Mod. Fr. croît), from croiss-, stem of croistre "growth, augment, increase," ult. from L. crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive" (see crescent).
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crus (krōōs, krŭs)
n. pl. cru·ra (krur'ə)

  1. The section of the leg between the knee and foot; lower leg; shank.

  2. A body part consisting of elongated masses or diverging bands that resemble legs or roots.

  3. Either of a pair of diverging bands or elongated masses.

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