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[sawl-teer-ee-uh m]
noun, plural psal·te·ri·a [sawl-teer-ee-uh] /sɔlˈtɪər i ə/. Zoology.
  1. the omasum.
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Origin of psalterium

1855–60; < Late Latin psaltērium the Psalter, the folds of the omasum being likened to the leaves of a book
Related formspsal·te·ri·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for psalterium

Historical Examples

  • Most, however, have four, the leaf stomach or psalterium being intercalated between the retinaculum and the abomasum.

    The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity

    George. S. Huntington

  • The psalterium is reduced to a mere vestige, and so the stomach has, as in the Tragulina, but three chambers.

  • Garrod has observed that the chamber of the stomach which varies most among the Pecora is the psalterium.

  • Psalterium juxta exemplar Alexandrinum bibliothecae regiae: Graecè, 8vo.

  • And the fact that the "Psalterium Americanum" contained no musical notes or directions also militated against its use.

British Dictionary definitions for psalterium


noun plural -teria (-ˈtɪərɪə)
  1. the third compartment of the stomach of ruminants, between the reticulum and abomasumAlso called: omasum
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin psaltērium Psalter; from the similarity of its folds to the pages of a book
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