Usually auriculars. Ornithology. feathers that cover and protect the opening of a bird's ear.


Origin of auricular

First recorded in 1535–45, auricular is from the Late Latin word auriculāris of, pertaining to the ear. See auricle, -ar1
Related formsau·ric·u·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·au·ric·u·lar, adjectivenon·au·ric·u·lar, adjectivepost·au·ric·u·lar, adjectivepre·au·ric·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for auricular



of, relating to, or received by the sense or organs of hearing; aural
shaped like an ear
of or relating to an auricle of the heart
(of feathers) occurring in tufts surrounding the ears of owls and similar birds


(usually plural) an auricular feather
Derived Formsauricularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for auricular

1540s, "auditory" (originally of confessions), from Medieval Latin auricularis, from Latin auricula (see auricle). Meaning "pertaining to the ear" is from 1640s.

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Medicine definitions for auricular




Of or relating to the sense of hearing or the organs of hearing.
Perceived by or spoken into the ear, as when testing hearing.
Shaped like an ear or an earlobe; having earlike parts or extensions.
Of or relating to an auricle of the heart.
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