noun, plural fib·u·lae [fib-yuh-lee] /ˈfɪb yəˌli/, fib·u·las.
Origin of fibula
Related Words for fibulaeclamp, 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
Historical Examples of fibulae
There is no girdle, the arms are bare, no fibulae are shown.
They are far from being loose or trailing; no pins or fibulae appear.
The Spartan evidence for the pin and fibulae covers the later range of dates.
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.
noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
Word Origin for fibula
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.