[ ham-yuh-luhs ]
/ ˈhæm yə ləs /
noun, plural ham·u·li [ham-yuh-lahy]. /ˈhæm yəˌlaɪ/.
a small hook or hooklike process, especially at the end of a bone.
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Origin of hamulus
1720–30; <Latin, equivalent to hām(us) hook + -ulus-ule
OTHER WORDS FROM hamulusham·u·lar, ham·u·late [ham-yuh-leyt], /ˈhæm yəˌleɪt/, ham·u·lose [ham-yuh-lohs], /ˈhæm yəˌloʊs/, ham·u·lous, adjective
Words nearby hamulus
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British Dictionary definitions for hamulus
/ (ˈhæmjʊləs) /
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
biology a hook or hooklike process at the end of some bones or between the fore and hind wings of a bee or similar insect
Derived forms of hamulushamular, hamulate, hamulose or hamulous, adjective
Word Origin for hamulus
C18: from Latin: a little hook, from hāmus hook
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Medical definitions for hamulus
[ hăm′yə-ləs ]
n. pl. ham•u•li (-lī′)
A small hooklike projection or process, as at the end of a bone.
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