os·​si·​cone ˈä-sə-ˌkōn How to pronounce ossicone (audio)
plural ossicones
: one of usually two short conical or columnar protuberances on the head of male and female giraffes and male okapis that are composed of ossified cartilage covered by skin and hair

Note: As ossicones enlarge and ossify, they become fused to the skull.

Examples of ossicone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lightning strike apparently hit one giraffe on the top of its head, judging by a fracture in the skull near the base of its antler-like ossicone, George Dvorsky reports for Gizmodo. Theresa MacHemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ossicone was in 1907

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“Ossicone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ossicone. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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