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earlobe

or ear lobe

[eer-lohb]
noun
  1. the soft, pendulous lower part of the external ear.
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Origin of earlobe

First recorded in 1855–60; ear1 + lobe
Also called lobe.
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Examples from the Web for earlobe

Historical Examples

  • I started to follow, but a tug at my earlobe signaled me to stop.

    Card Trick

    Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett

  • Buck's gun went off again, and the other earlobe was a red tatter.

    The Draw

    Jerome Bixby


Word Origin and History for earlobe

n.

by 1786, from ear (n.1) + lobe. Earlier was ear lap (Old English had earlæppa "external ear").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

earlobe in Medicine

earlobe

n.
  1. The soft, fleshy, pendulous lower part of the external ear.
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