noun, plural tar·si [tahr-sahy, -see] /ˈtɑr saɪ, -si/.
Origin of tarsus
Examples from the Web for tarsi
Historical Examples of tarsi
The male palpi are slender, and the tarsi small for so large a spider.The Common Spiders of the United States
James Henry Emerton
Pentamerous insects are those which have five joints in all their tarsi.
Dimerous insects are those that have two joints in all their tarsi.
We are next to say something upon the shape of the tarsi and their joints.
It has its mandibles for a pick-axe and its tarsi, armed with tiny claws, for rakes.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
noun plural -si (-saɪ)
- the corresponding part in other mammals and in amphibians and reptiles
- another name for tarsometatarsus
Word Origin for tarsus
the ankle bones collectively, 1670s, Modern Latin, from Greek tarsos "ankle, sole of the foot, rim of the eyelid," originally "flat surface, especially for drying," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (cf. Greek teresesthai "to be or become dry," tersainein "to make dry;" Latin terra "land, ground, soil," torrere "dry up, parch;" see terrain).