- Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.
- Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
- a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Origin of fibula
Related Wordsclamp, clip, catch, harness, fastening, hasp, clasp, fibula, grip, hug, pin, snap, clutch, buckle, clinch, brooch, grapple, embrace, clench, grasp
Examples from the Web for fibulae
There is no girdle, the arms are bare, no fibulae are shown.
The Spartan evidence for the pin and fibulae covers the later range of dates.
They are far from being loose or trailing; no pins or fibulae appear.
There are no pins or fibulae visible; the upper garment hides the girdle, if girdle there be.
Brooches of the safety-pin type (fibulae) were extensively used in antiquity, but only within definite limits of time and place.
- the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human legCompare tibia
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
- a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc
Word Origin and History for fibulae
1670s, "clasp, buckle, brooch;" 1706 as "smaller bone in the lower leg," from Latin fibula "clasp, brooch," related to figere "to fasten, fix" (see fix (v.)).
Used in reference to the outer leg bone as a loan-translation of Greek perone "small bone in the lower leg," originally "clasp, brooch; anything pointed for piercing or pinning;" the bone was so called because it resembles a clasp like a modern safety pin.
- The outer, narrower, and smaller of the two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the tibia above and the tibia and talus below.calf bone
- The smaller of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.