EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural a·nus·es. . Anatomy the opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal, through which the solid refuse of digestion is excreted. Origin of anus
First recorded in
1650–60, anus is from the Latin word ānus ring, anus añu or a·nu, an·yu [ ah-nyoo] noun a twining herb, Tropaeolum tuberosum, of the nasturtium family, found in the Andes, having edible tubers and large flowers with yellow petals and red spurs. the tuber of this plant. Origin of añu
Quechua noun the Akkadian god of heaven. a suffix occurring in scientific words of Latin origin: Platanus.
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Examples from the Web for anus Anus posterior, median; anterior tentacles, atrophied; foot broad. Anus hercle huic indicium fecit de auro, perspicue palam est. Anus nearly always terminal, rarely dorsal, at a little distance from end of body. Anus orange-coloured, and furnished with a bristle for oviposition. British Dictionary definitions for anus noun the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal Related adjective: anal Word Origin for anus
C16: from Latin
noun Babylonian myth the sky god abbreviation for Australian National University
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Word Origin and History for anus n.
"inferior opening of the alimentary canal," 1650s, from Old French
anus, from Latin anus "ring, anus," from PIE root *ano- "ring." So called for its shape; cf. Greek daktylios "anus," literally "ring (for the finger)," from daktylos "finger."
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Medicine definitions for anus n. pl. a•nus•es The opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste is eliminated from the body. anal orifice fundament
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Science definitions for anus The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted. Related forms anal adjective
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Culture definitions for anus
The opening through which
feces pass out of the body.
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