[ kal-vair-ee-uh m ]
/ kælˈvɛər i əm /

noun, plural cal·var·i·a [kal-vair-ee-uh] /kælˈvɛər i ə/.

the dome of the skull.

Origin of calvarium

1880–85; < New Latin, neuter variant of Latin calvāria skull, equivalent to calv(us) bald + -āria -ary; compare late Middle English calvaria (< L), calvair (< MF) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calvaria

  • Outline drawings of the two skulls are compared with the corresponding contour of the Neanderthal calvaria by Klaatsch.

    Prehistoric Man|W. L. H. Duckworth

British Dictionary definitions for calvaria

/ (kælˈvɛərɪə) /


the top part of the skull of vertebratesNontechnical name: skullcap

Word Origin for calvaria

C14: from Late Latin: (human) skull, from Latin calvus bald
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Medicine definitions for calvaria

[ kăl-vârē-ə ]

n. pl. cal•var•i•ae (-ē-ē′)

Roof of the skull; the upper domelike portion of the skull without the lower jaw or the lower jaw and facial parts.calvarium skullcap
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