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[trey-guh s] /ˈtreɪ gəs/
noun, plural tragi
[trey-jahy] /ˈtreɪ dʒaɪ/ (Show IPA).
a fleshy prominence at the front of the external opening of the ear.
Origin of tragus
1685-95; < Late Latin < Greek trágos hairy part of ear, literally, he-goat Unabridged
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noun (pl) -gi (-dʒaɪ)
the cartilaginous fleshy projection that partially covers the entrance to the external ear
any of the hairs that grow just inside this entrance
Derived Forms
tragal, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, from Greek tragos hairy projection of the ear, literally: goat
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Word Origin and History for tragus

"eminence at the opening of the ear," 1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek tragos, properly "he-goat;" so called for the tuft of hair which grows there, which resembles a goat's beard.

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tragus in Medicine

tragus tra·gus (trā'gəs)
n. pl. tra·gi (-gī, -jī)

  1. The tonguelike projection of skin-covered cartilage in front of the external acoustic meatus. Also called hircus.

  2. Any of the hairs growing at the entrance to the external acoustic meatus. Also called hircus.

tra'gal adj.
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