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[lim-buh s]
noun, plural lim·bi [lim-bahy] /ˈlɪm baɪ/.
  1. limbo1.
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Origin of limbus1

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin; Latin: limbus2


[lim-buh s]
noun, plural lim·bi [lim-bahy] /ˈlɪm baɪ/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a border, edge, or limb.
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Origin of limbus2

1665–75; < New Latin, Latin
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Examples from the Web for limbus

Historical Examples

  • The joy that comes from thinking that most everybody is lined up for Limbus with no return ticket.

    The Roycroft Dictionary

    Elbert Hubbard

  • My informant thinks, that of the whole population three-tenths were Bhotiyas, five-tenths Lapchas, and two tenths Limbus.

    An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal

    Fancis Buchanan Hamilton

  • Limbus: the area along the outer and posterior margin of wing beyond the closed cells; Homoptera, Cicada.

  • An incision is made behind the limbus, usually in an upper segment of the cornea, by means of a bent broad needle.

  • If it consist of little more than capsule an incision is made at the limbus with the keratome as described for evacuation.

British Dictionary definitions for limbus


noun plural -bi (-baɪ)
  1. anatomy the edge or border of any of various structures or parts
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Derived Formslimbic, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin: edge
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Word Origin and History for limbus


Latin, literally "edge, border" (see limb (n.2)). In Medieval Latin, "region on the border of Hell," and thus sometimes used in English for limbo (n.1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

limbus in Medicine


n. pl. lim•bi (-bī′)
  1. An edge, border, or fringe of an anatomical part.
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