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the bony framework of the head, enclosing the brain and supporting the face; the skeleton of the head.
the head as the center of knowledge and understanding; mind: to get literature's great ideas through our skulls.
Armor. the part of a helmet that covers the top of the head.
out of one's skull, Slang. crazy; demented.

1175–1225; Middle English scolle < Old Norse skalli

skull-less, adjective
skull-like, adjective

scull, skull.
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skull (skʌl)
1.  See cranium the bony skeleton of the head of vertebratesRelated: cranial
2.  derogatory often the head regarded as the mind or intelligence: to have a dense skull
3.  a picture of a skull used to represent death or danger
Related: cranial
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skoltr, Norwegian skult, Swedish dialect skulle]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., probably from O.N. skalli "bald head, skull," a general Scandinavian word (cf. Swedish skulle, Norw. skult), probably related to O.E. scealu "husk" (see shell). But early prominence in southwestern texts suggests rather origin from a Dutch or Low Ger. cognate (e.g.
Du. schol "turf, piece of ice," but the sense of "head bone framework" is wanting). Derivation from O.Fr. escuelle seems unlikely on grounds of sound and sense. O.E. words for skull include heafod-bolla.
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Medical Dictionary

skull (skŭl)
The bony or cartilaginous framework of the head, made up of the bones of the braincase and face; cranium.

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Science Dictionary
skull   (skŭl)  Pronunciation Key 
The part of the skeleton that forms the framework of the head, consisting of the bones of the cranium, which protect the brain, and the bones of the face. See more at skeleton.
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