[ mey-nuhs ]
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noun,plural ma·nus.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. the distal segment of the forelimb of a vertebrate, including the carpus and the forefoot or hand.

  2. Roman Law. power over persons, as that of the husband over the wife.

Origin of manus

1510–20; <Latin: hand

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Other definitions for Manus (2 of 2)

[ mah-noos ]

noun,plural Ma·nus.
  1. a member of a people living on the island of Manus, in the Admiralty Islands. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for manus


/ (ˈmeɪnəs) /

nounplural -nus
  1. anatomy the wrist and hand

  2. the corresponding part in other vertebrates

  1. Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife

  2. English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath

Origin of manus

C19: Latin: hand

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