- Anatomy. pertaining to the ribs or the upper sides of the body: costal nerves.
- Botany, Zoology. pertaining to, involving, or situated near a costa.
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Historical Examples of costal
Costal, an Indian and a hunter, inhaled it with an instinctive delight.
As Costal said this, he rose from his seat, and glanced westward over the plain.
And, as Costal spoke, he drew his long knife to be ready for defending himself.
“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.
"pertaining to the ribs," 1630s, from French costal (16c.), from Medieval Latin costalis, from costa "a rib" (see coast (n.)).