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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Definitions for petrous

  1. like stone, especially in hardness; stony; rocky.
  2. Anatomy. noting or pertaining to the hard dense portion of the temporal bone, containing the internal auditory organs; petrosal.

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Citations for petrous
There was something good and soothing about standing here and feeling one with the specter of things, something wholesome in watching life from the bank of the dead, siding with the dead against the living, like standing by the river and hearing, not the Bach, but the hard, glacial, petrous cracking underneath the prelude—hard, glacial, petrous, like her, like me. André Aciman, Eight White Nights, 2010
She barely sees the two bouncers, two gorillas in lime sports jackets, who perch on metal stools by the door. Thick black mustaches shrub beneath their nostrils, intrepid vegetation on petrous faces. Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist, 1999
Origin of petrous
Petrous comes from the Latin word petrōsus meaning "rocky."