or ear lobe

[ eer-lohb ]

  1. the soft, pendulous lower part of the external ear.

Origin of earlobe

First recorded in 1855–60; ear1 + lobe

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How to use earlobe in a sentence

  • Behold the brands of the true criminal—'enormous zygomae,' 'ear lobes attached to the cheek,' 'spatulate fingernails——'

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The smoker was a powerful man, with a thick neck that swelled out beneath his broad, flat ear-lobes.

    Cashel Byron's Profession | George Bernard Shaw
  • Some of the holes in the ear-lobes were so huge that they were plugged with carved wooden cylinders three inches in diameter.

    Jerry of the Islands | Jack London
  • A pair of ear plugs with ornamental metal laminae are placed in the enlarged ear lobes.

    The Manbos of Mindano | John M. Garvan
  • Occasionally one or two buttons4 are worn in the ear lobes of men on the upper Agsan.

    The Manbos of Mindano | John M. Garvan

British Dictionary definitions for ear lobe

ear lobe

  1. the fleshy lower part of the external ear

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