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paxwax

[paks-waks] /ˈpæksˌwæks/
noun, British Dialect
1.
the neck ligament; nuchal ligament.
Origin
1400-1450
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/
noun
1.
(dialect) a strong ligament in the neck of many mammals, which supports the head
Word Origin
C15: changed from C14 fax wax, probably from Old English feax hair of the head, wax growth
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