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[eer-lohb] /ˈɪərˌloʊb/
the soft, pendulous lower part of the external ear.
Also called lobe.
Origin of earlobe
1855-60; ear1 + lobe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for earlobe
  • Next, the technician pricks my earlobe for a drop of blood.
  • In the positive column, he could see well enough to pluck the hair that grew out of his left earlobe every so often.
  • He preens and cavorts from pasha to post, and makes a desperate attempt to scratch his earlobe with his tongue.
  • The metal conducts the body's heat away from the skin, leaving the earlobe even colder than the air already has made it.
Word Origin and History for earlobe

by 1786, from ear (n.1) + lobe. Earlier was ear lap (Old English had earlæppa "external ear").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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earlobe in Medicine

earlobe or ear lobe
The soft, fleshy, pendulous lower part of the external ear.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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