paxwax

paxwax

[paks-waks]
noun British Dialect.
the neck ligament; nuchal ligament.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English, alteration of Middle English fax wax literally, hair growth (compare Old English feax hair, weaxan to grow; see wax2); compare German Haarwachs sinew, literally, hair growth

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paxwax (ˈpæksˌwæks)
 
n
dialect a strong ligament in the neck of many mammals, which supports the head
 
[C15: changed from C14 fax wax, probably from Old English feax hair of the head, wax growth]

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