8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary
1811, from French hyoïde (16c.), from Modern Latin hyoides, from Greek hyoeides "shaped like the letter U," from hu "letter U" (in later Greek called upsilon) + -oeides "like" (see -oid).
hyoid hy·oid (hī'oid')adj.
Shaped like the letter U.
Of or relating to the hyoid bone.