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telson

[tel-suh n] /ˈtɛl sən/
noun
1.
the last segment, or an appendage of the last segment, of certain arthropods, as the middle flipper of a lobster's tail.
Origin of telson
1850-1855
1850-55; < Greek télson boundary, limit
Related forms
telsonic
[tel-son-ik] /tɛlˈsɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • But neither telson nor Game were half so amazed at this little outburst as was the speaker himself.

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  • “I was sure of a first, but that young ass Wace fouled me,” puts in telson.

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  • However, the same reason which took telson away left Riddell also little time to spend in vague reflections.

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  • telson sat next him in class, and, he knew well, would help him if he could.

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  • But he was not there, nor, strange to say, was telson himself.

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  • Then telson said, “Well, that was a rum thing of him to do!”

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  • Among the first to hail him at shouting distance was telson.

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  • This last remark was caused by the fact that telson was taking off his coat.

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  • There was something in his look and tone as he uttered these inoffensive words which took Game aback and even startled telson.

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  • telson thought the matter over and fancied it promised well.

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British Dictionary definitions for telson

telson

/ˈtɛlsən/
noun
1.
the last segment or an appendage on the last segment of the body of crustaceans and arachnids
Derived Forms
telsonic (tɛlˈsɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek: a boundary; probably related to telos end
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Word Origin and History for telson
n.

1855, from Greek telson "a limit" (see tele-).

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