[ paks-waks ]
/ ˈpæksˌwæks /

noun British Dialect.

the neck ligament; nuchal ligament.

Origin of paxwax

1400–50; late Middle English, alteration of Middle English fax wax literally, hair growth (compare Old English feax hair, weaxan to grow; see wax2); compare German Haarwachs sinew, literally, hair growth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paxwax


/ (ˈpæksˌwæks) /


dialect a strong ligament in the neck of many mammals, which supports the head

Word Origin for paxwax

C15: changed from C14 fax wax, probably from Old English feax hair of the head, wax growth
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