- a boss on a shield, as one at the center of a circular shield.
- any similar boss or protuberance.
- Zoology. the beak of a bivalve shell; the protuberance of each valve above the hinge.
- Anatomy. the depressed area on the outer surface of the tympanic membrane.
- a blunt or rounded protuberance arising from a surface, as on a pine cone scale.
Origin of umbo
1715–25; < Latin umbō boss (of a shield), knob, projecting part; akin to umbilīcus (see umbilicus)
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Examples from the Web for umbo
Umbonata, having an umbo or conical projection like the boss of a shield.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
It is by the position of the umbo in the grave that this fact has been exactly ascertained.Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe
The centre was formed of metal, and was called a boss or umbo.A Handbook of Pictorial History
Henry W. Donald
The summit or apex of the valve is called the umbo, or beak.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Umbonate, bossed; furnished with a low, rounded projection like a boss (umbo).The Elements of Botany
- a small hump projecting from the centre of the cap in certain mushrooms
- a hooked prominence occurring at the apex of each half of the shell of a bivalve mollusc
- anatomy the slightly convex area at the centre of the outer surface of the eardrum, where the malleus is attached on the internal surface
- a large projecting central boss on a shield, esp on a Saxon shield
C18: from Latin: boss of a shield, projecting piece
Word Origin and History for umbo
1921, from Latin umbo "shield-boss, knob, projection."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small anatomical projection on a surface, such as that on the inner surface of the tympanic membrane at the end of the manubrium of the malleus, corresponding to the most depressed point of the membrane.
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