- the neck ligament; nuchal ligament.
Origin of paxwax
1400–50; late Middle English, alteration of Middle English fax wax literally, hair growth (compare Old English feax hair, weaxan to grow; see wax2); compare German Haarwachs sinew, literally, hair growth
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for paxwax
Whitleather, hwit′leth-ėr, n. leather dressed with alum, white leather: the paxwax or nuchal ligament of the ox.
Paxwax, paks′waks, n. the strong tendon in the neck of animals.
- dialect a strong ligament in the neck of many mammals, which supports the head
C15: changed from C14 fax wax, probably from Old English feax hair of the head, wax growth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012