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[kos-tl, kaws-tl]
  1. Anatomy. pertaining to the ribs or the upper sides of the body: costal nerves.
  2. Botany, Zoology. pertaining to, involving, or situated near a costa.
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Origin of costal

1625–35; < Medieval Latin costālis of the ribs, equivalent to Latin cost(a) rib, side + -ālis -al1
Related formscos·tal·ly, adverbpost·cos·tal, adjectivepre·cos·tal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for costal

Historical Examples

  • As Costal said this, he rose from his seat, and glanced westward over the plain.

    The Tiger Hunter

    Mayne Reid

  • And, as Costal spoke, he drew his long knife to be ready for defending himself.

  • Costal, an Indian and a hunter, inhaled it with an instinctive delight.

  • Costal will not eat before to-morrow,” replied the negro in a grave tone.

  • Twelve times did Costal repeat the stroke, each time with equal force.

Word Origin and History for costal


"pertaining to the ribs," 1630s, from French costal (16c.), from Medieval Latin costalis, from costa "a rib" (see coast (n.)).

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