[kal-vair-ee-uh m]

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for calvaria

Historical Examples of 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


  1. 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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calvaria in Medicine


n. pl. cal•var•i•ae (-ē-ē′)
  1. 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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