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costal

[kos-tl, kaws-tl] /ˈkɒs tl, ˈkɔs tl/
adjective
1.
Anatomy. pertaining to the ribs or the upper sides of the body:
costal nerves.
2.
Botany, Zoology. pertaining to, involving, or situated near a costa.
Origin of costal
1625-1635
1625-35; < Medieval Latin costālis of the ribs, equivalent to Latin cost(a) rib, side + -ālis -al1
Related forms
costally, adverb
postcostal, adjective
precostal, adjective
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  • costal, an Indian and a hunter, inhaled it with an instinctive delight.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • As costal said this, he rose from his seat, and glanced westward over the plain.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • And, as costal spoke, he drew his long knife to be ready for defending himself.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • costal will not eat before to-morrow,” replied the negro in a grave tone.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • Twelve times did costal repeat the stroke, each time with equal force.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • One of these was costal the Indian; the other was a stranger both to Morelos and the captain.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • Is that the secret of your courage, costal—of which you give so many proofs?

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • One of these men was costal, but this time he was accompanied by Clara the negro.

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  • The prognostic of costal about the weather appeared likely to be realised.

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  • In all these signs costal recognised the precursors of a storm.

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Word Origin and History for costal
adj.

"pertaining to the ribs," 1630s, from French costal (16c.), from Medieval Latin costalis, from costa "a rib" (see coast (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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