Origin of pollex

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1825–35
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noun plural -lices (-lɪˌsiːz)
  1. the first digit of the forelimb of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, such as the thumb of man and other primates
Derived Formspollical (ˈpɒlɪkəl), adjective

Word Origin for pollex

C19: from Latin: thumb, big toe
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pollex in Medicine


n. pl. pol•li•ces (pŏlĭ-sēz′)
  1. The thumb.
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