noun (1)
nor·​ma | \ ˈnȯrmə \
plural normae\ -​rˌmē \

Definition of norma

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 anthropology
a : a standard position for viewing a part (as the skull) also : an aspect of a bodily part (as the cranium)
b : a line or pattern indicating the contour of the cranium


noun (2)
Nor·​ma | \ ˈnȯr-mə How to pronounce Norma (audio) \

Definition of Norma (Entry 2 of 2)

: a southern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Ara and Lupus and that is represented by the figure of a drafting square … a second group of Dutch astronomers found a binary star in the constellation Norma flickering at 900 times a second.Tulsa World, 5 May 1996

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First Known Use of norma

Noun (2)

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for norma

Noun (1)

Latin, carpenter's square, pattern, rule

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“Norma.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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