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[trey-guh s]
noun, plural tra·gi [trey-jahy] /ˈtreɪ dʒaɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. a fleshy prominence at the front of the external opening of the ear.
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Origin of tragus

1685–95; < Late Latin < Greek trágos hairy part of ear, literally, he-goat
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Historical Examples of tragus

  • The tragus ought normally to exceed the antitragus in dimensions.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • The required number may be read, corresponding to the point of the tragus.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • They are large, and the tragus of the ear is well developed.

  • The distance from the vertex to the tragus is uniformly great.

  • The ear has a tragus, and the tail is not produced to any great degree behind the interfemoral membrane.

British Dictionary definitions for tragus


noun plural -gi (-dʒaɪ)
  1. the cartilaginous fleshy projection that partially covers the entrance to the external ear
  2. any of the hairs that grow just inside this entrance
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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 tragus


"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.

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tragus in Medicine


n. pl. tra•gi (-gī, -jī)
  1. The tonguelike projection of skin-covered cartilage in front of the external acoustic meatus.hircus
  2. Any of the hairs growing at the entrance to the external acoustic meatus.hircus
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Related formstragal adj.
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