[ trey-guh s ]
/ ˈtreɪ gəs /

noun, plural tra·gi [trey-jahy] /ˈtreɪ dʒaɪ/. Anatomy.

a fleshy prominence at the front of the external opening of the ear.

Nearby words

  1. tragic irony,
  2. tragicomedy,
  3. tragicomic,
  4. tragion,
  5. tragopan,
  6. traherne,
  7. traherne, thomas,
  8. traik,
  9. trail,
  10. trail away

Origin of tragus

1685–95; < Late Latin < Greek trágos hairy part of ear, literally, he-goat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tragi


/ (ˈtreɪɡəs) /

noun plural -gi (-dʒaɪ)

the cartilaginous fleshy projection that partially covers the entrance to the external ear
any of the hairs that grow just inside this entrance
Derived Formstragal, adjective

Word Origin for tragus

C17: from Late Latin, from Greek tragos hairy projection of the ear, literally: goat

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Word Origin and History for tragi



"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

Medicine definitions for tragi


[ trāgəs ]

n. pl. tra•gi (-gī, -jī)

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
Related formstragal adj.

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