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telson

[tel-suh n]
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noun
  1. the last segment, or an appendage of the last segment, of certain arthropods, as the middle flipper of a lobster's tail.

Origin of telson

First recorded in 1850–55, telson is from the Greek word télson boundary, limit
Related formstel·son·ic [tel-son-ik] /tɛlˈsɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Telson sat next him in class, and, he knew well, would help him if he could.

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  • But he was not there, nor, strange to say, was Telson himself.

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  • This last remark was caused by the fact that Telson was taking off his coat.

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  • He was a nice-looking boy, was Telson—and the lady thought so too.

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  • Oh,” said Telson, “I only wanted to know what sort of place it was.

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British Dictionary definitions for telson

telson

noun
  1. the last segment or an appendage on the last segment of the body of crustaceans and arachnids
Derived Formstelsonic (tɛlˈsɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek: a boundary; probably related to telos end
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Word Origin and History for telson

n.

1855, from Greek telson "a limit" (see tele-).

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