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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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Examples from the Web for telson

Historical Examples

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

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    Talbot Baines Reed

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

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  • Then Telson said, “Well, that was a rum thing of him to do!”

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  • Telson nearly fainted as he saw who it was who answered to the name.

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  • Among the first to hail him at shouting distance was Telson.

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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
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

Word Origin and History for telson

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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