EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural coc·cy·ges . [kok- sahy-jeez, kok-si-jeez] /kɒkˈsaɪ dʒiz, ˈkɒk sɪˌdʒiz/ a small triangular bone forming the lower extremity of the spinal column in humans, consisting of four ankylosed rudimentary vertebrae. a corresponding part in certain animals. Origin of coccyx 1605–15; < New Latin < Greek kókkyx cuckoo, from its resemblance to a cuckoo's beak Related forms coc·cyg·e·al , [kok- sij-ee- uh l, - sij- uh l] /kɒkˈsɪdʒ i əl, -ˈsɪdʒ əl/ adjective in·ter·coc·cyg·e·al, adjective pre·coc·cyg·e·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for coccygeal Historical Examples of coccygeal British Dictionary definitions for coccygeal noun plural coccyges ( kɒkˈsaɪdʒiːz) a small triangular bone at the end of the spinal column in man and some apes, representing a vestigial tail Derived Forms coccygeal ( kɒkˈsɪdʒɪəl), adjective Word Origin for coccyx
C17: from New Latin, from Greek
kokkux cuckoo, of imitative origin; from the likeness of the bone to a cuckoo's beak
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Word Origin and History for coccygeal n.
1610s, from Latin
coccyx, from Greek kokkyx "cuckoo" (from kokku, like the bird's English name echoic of its cry), so called by ancient Greek physician Galen because the bone in humans supposedly resembles a cuckoo's beak.
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n. pl. coc•cy•ges ( kŏk-sī) ′jēz, kŏk ′sĭ-jēz′ The small triangular bone located at the base of the spinal column, formed by the fusion of four rudimentary vertebrae, and articulating above with the sacrum. tailbone
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Plural coccyges ( kŏk-sī) ′jēz, kŏk ′sĭ-jēz′ A small triangular bone at the base of the spine in humans and apes. It is composed of several fused vertebrae. Also called tailbone
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