- a fleshy prominence at the front of the external opening of the ear.
Origin of tragus
1685–95; < Late Latin < Greek trágos hairy part of ear, literally, he-goat
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- the cartilaginous fleshy projection that partially covers the entrance to the external ear
- any of the hairs that grow just inside this entrance
Word Origin for tragus
C17: from Late Latin, from Greek tragos hairy projection of the ear, literally: goat
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"eminence at the opening of the ear," 1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek tragos, properly "he-goat;" so called for the tuft of hair which grows there, which resembles a goat's beard.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The tonguelike projection of skin-covered cartilage in front of the external acoustic meatus.hircus
- Any of the hairs growing at the entrance to the external acoustic meatus.hircus
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