[fal-uh nj, fuh-lanj, fey-lanj]
- a phalanx.
Origin of phalange
First recorded in 1550–60; back formation from phalanges
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Related Wordsgrip, fist, palm, appendage, digit, dactyl, phalanges, phalanx, fork, extremity, hook, finger, feeler, claw, pointer, toe, thumb, fang, pinkie, ham
Examples from the Web for phalange
According to this interpretation it is the first and only phalange in the first digit.
There is only one first phalange which has a length of 7¾ inches.
This is exactly equal to the length of the first phalange of the wing finger.
The second phalange is concave at the upper articular end and convex in the longer direction at the lower end.
To have a supple lower or middle joint does not relate to the Will but to the phalange of Logic of the possessor.Palmistry for All
- anatomy another name for phalanx (def. 5)
C16: via French, ultimately from Greek phalanx
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Word Origin and History for phalange
mid-15c., "phalanx, ancient military division," from Middle French phalange "phalanx" (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English.
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