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phalange

[fal-uh nj, fuh-lanj, fey-lanj]
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noun, plural pha·lan·ges [fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a phalanx.

Origin of phalange

First recorded in 1550–60; back formation from phalanges
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Examples from the Web for phalange

Historical Examples

  • According to this interpretation it is the first and only phalange in the first digit.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • There is only one first phalange which has a length of 7¾ inches.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • This is exactly equal to the length of the first phalange of the wing finger.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • The second phalange is concave at the upper articular end and convex in the longer direction at the lower end.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • To have a supple lower or middle joint does not relate to the Will but to the phalange of Logic of the possessor.


British Dictionary definitions for phalange

phalange

noun plural phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
  1. anatomy another name for phalanx (def. 5)

Word Origin

C16: via French, ultimately from Greek phalanx
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Word Origin and History for phalange

n.

mid-15c., "phalanx, ancient military division," from Middle French phalange "phalanx" (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English.

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