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earlobe

or ear lobe

[eer-lohb] /ˈɪərˌloʊb/
noun
1.
the soft, pendulous lower part of the external ear.
Also called lobe.
Origin of earlobe
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; ear1 + lobe
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Examples from the Web for earlobe
Historical Examples
  • I started to follow, but a tug at my earlobe signaled me to stop.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • Buck's gun went off again, and the other earlobe was a red tatter.

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
Word Origin and History for earlobe
n.

by 1786, from ear (n.1) + lobe. Earlier was ear lap (Old English had earlæppa "external ear").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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earlobe in Medicine

earlobe or ear lobe
n.
The soft, fleshy, pendulous lower part of the external ear.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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