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ossa

[os-uh] /ˈɒs ə/
noun
1.
plural of os1 .

Ossa

[os-uh] /ˈɒs ə/
noun
1.
a mountain in E Greece, in Thessaly. 6490 feet (1978 meters).

os1

[os] /ɒs/
noun, plural ossa
[os-uh] /ˈɒs ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a bone.
Origin of os1
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin

os2

[os] /ɒs/
noun, plural ora
[awr-uh, ohr-uh] /ˈɔr ə, ˈoʊr ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a mouth or orifice of the body.
Origin
1730-40; < Latin ōs mouth

os3

[ohs] /oʊs/
noun, plural osar
[oh-sahr] /ˈoʊ sɑr/ (Show IPA)
1.
Geology. an esker, especially when of great length.
Origin
< Swedish ås (plural åsar) ridge
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Examples from the Web for ossa
Historical Examples
  • The correct pronunciation of them seems to us like a piling of Pelion upon ossa.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • But to-night the Prince was not only alive, but also, ossa upon Pelion, in a good humor!

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • Adding insufferable snobbishness to his present personality was piling Pelion on ossa.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • What do Pindus and ossa symbolize, and what exactly does their melting mean?

  • Therein, he has dreamed of flames and suffocation—of mountains upon mountains—of Pelion upon ossa.

  • On the Pelion of her own misery she heaped the ossa of self-condemnation.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • And now, to add to our misfortunes, to pile Pelion on ossa, we lose our way.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • Oh, ossa on Pelion, mount piled on mount, of error and folly!

    Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today Henry Eduard Legler
  • At ille iussis maternis parens, ad locum ubi uitulus erat commestus accedens, ossa eius collegit et uitulum resuscitauit.

  • And so on, and so on: ossa on Pelion of rapture and young delight and wonder, when suddenly a heavy hand was laid on his shoulder.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for ossa

ossa

/ˈɒsə/
noun
1.
the plural of os2

Ossa

/ˈɒsə/
noun
1.
a mountain in NE Greece, in E Thessaly: famous in mythology for the attempt of the twin giants, Otus and Ephialtes, to reach heaven by piling Ossa on Olympus and Pelion on Ossa. Height: 1978 m (6489 ft)

os1

/ɒs/
noun (pl) ossa (ˈɒsə)
1.
(anatomy) the technical name for bone
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: bone; compare Greek osteon

os2

/ɒs/
noun (pl) ora (ˈɔːrə)
1.
(anatomy, zoology) a mouth or mouthlike part or opening
Word Origin
C18: from Latin

os3

/əʊs/
noun (pl) osar (ˈəʊsɑː)
1.
another name for esker
Word Origin
C19 osar (pl), from Swedish ås (sing) ridge

Os

Chemical symbol
1.
osmium

OS

abbreviation
1.
Old School
2.
Old Style (method of reckoning dates)
3.
Ordinary Seaman
4.
(in Britain) Ordnance Survey
5.
outsize
6.
Old Saxon (language)
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ossa in Medicine

os 1 (ŏs)
n. pl. o·ra (ôr'ə)

  1. An opening into a hollow organ or canal.

  2. The oral cavity; mouth.

os 2 (ŏs)
n. pl. os·sa (ŏs'ə)
Bone.

Os
The symbol for the element osmium.

OS abbr.
Latin oculus sinister (left eye)

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ossa in Science
Os  
The symbol for osmium.
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Related Abbreviations for ossa

OSSA

Office of Space Science and Applications

Os

osmium

OS

1.
offscreen
2.
Old Saxon
3.
Old Style (calendar)
4.
operating system
5.
ordinary seaman
6.
out of stock
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