tragus

[trey-guhs]
noun, plural tragi [trey-jahy] . Anatomy.
a fleshy prominence at the front of the external opening of the ear.

Origin:
1685–95; < Late Latin < Greek trágos hairy part of ear, literally, he-goat

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tragus (ˈtreɪɡəs)
 
n , pl -gi
1.  the cartilaginous fleshy projection that partially covers the entrance to the external ear
2.  any of the hairs that grow just inside this entrance
 
[C17: from Late Latin, from Greek tragos hairy projection of the ear, literally: goat]
 
'tragal
 
adj

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tragus
"eminence at the opening of the ear," 1693, Mod.L., from Gk. tragos, prop. "he-goat;" so called for the tuft of hair which grows there, which resembles a goat's beard.
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tragus tra·gus (trā'gəs)
n. pl. tra·gi (-gī, -jī)

  1. The tonguelike projection of skin-covered cartilage in front of the external acoustic meatus. Also called hircus.

  2. Any of the hairs growing at the entrance to the external acoustic meatus. Also called hircus.


tra'gal adj.
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Example sentences
The tragus is long and lanceolate, longer than one half of the length of the pinna.
Ears are small, and the tip of the tragus is rounded.
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