To our left was a hundred-foot drop to the talus that sloped down to the cañon.
talus, the nephew of Ddalus by his sister, is said in the viij.
Large rocks have fallen from the walls--great, angular blocks, which have rolled down the talus and are strewn along the channel.
Valley of the Rhone, with the waterfall of Sallenches, showing a talus of debris 261 27.
It held and he stood on the ledge, safe, as the prowler flashed up the talus below.
Might they not belong merely to the talus of this bank of boulder-clay?
She was the daughter of Tan´talus, and the wife of Amphi´on, king of Thebes.
The snow is in this case but a substitute for a normal mass of talus.
And talus tried to leap up, crying, "You have betrayed me, false witch maiden!"
But most men thought it must be talus, the great giant who guarded Crete.
"anklebone," 1690s, from Latin talus "ankle, anklebone, knucklebone" (plural tali), related to Latin taxillus "a small die, cube" (they originally were made from the knucklebones of animals).
"slope," 1640s, from French talus (16c.), from Old French talu "slope" (12c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *talutum, from Latin talutium "a slope or outcrop of rock debris," possibly of Celtic origin (cf. Breton tal "forehead, brow").
OED, however, suggests derivation from root of talus (1) in the sense of "heel" which developed in its Romanic descendants. Mainly used of military earthwork at first; meaning "sloping mass of rocky fragments that has fallen from a cliff" is first recorded 1830.
talus ta·lus (tā'ləs)
n. pl. ta·li (-lī')
The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint. Also called anklebone, astragalus.
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Plural tali (tā'lī')
The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint.