postauricular

auricular

[aw-rik-yuh-ler]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ear or to the sense of hearing; aural.
2.
perceived by or addressed to the ear; made in private: an auricular confession.
3.
dependent on hearing; understood or known by hearing: auricular evidence.
4.
shaped like an ear; auriculate.
5.
Anatomy. pertaining to an auricle of the heart.
6.
Ornithology. pertaining to certain often modified feathers that cover and protect the opening of a bird's ear.
noun
7.
Usually, auriculars. Ornithology. feathers that cover and protect the opening of a bird's ear.

Origin:
1535–45; < Late Latin auriculāris of, pertaining to the ear. See auricle, -ar1

auricularly, adverb
interauricular, adjective
nonauricular, adjective
postauricular, adjective
preauricular, adjective
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auricular (ɔːˈrɪkjʊlə)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or received by the sense or organs of hearing; aural
2.  shaped like an ear
3.  of or relating to an auricle of the heart
4.  (of feathers) occurring in tufts surrounding the ears of owls and similar birds
 
n
5.  (usually plural) an auricular feather
 
au'ricularly
 
adv

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auricular
1540s, "auditory" (originally of confessions), from L. auricularis, from auricula (see auricle). Meaning "pertaining to the ear" is from 1640s.
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auricular au·ric·u·lar (ô-rĭk'yə-lər)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the sense of hearing or the organs of hearing.

  2. Perceived by or spoken into the ear, as when testing hearing.

  3. Shaped like an ear or an earlobe; having earlike parts or extensions.

  4. Of or relating to an auricle of the heart.

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