tail·​bone | \ ˈtāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio) \

Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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A few months ago, Quillin suffered a broken tailbone which left him mostly bedridden and unable to care for himself. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Glenn Quillin: 1916-2019: Record-setting Carlsbad centenarian lived for adventure," 4 Sep. 2019 Press your heels firmly into the ground, and lift your tailbone toward the sky. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 After seasons of blog-fodder bobs and bowl cuts, long hair was suddenly everywhere: Models at Prada and Tory Burch wore sleek, below-the-belly-button braids, and flowing lengths swung past tailbones at Miu Miu and R13. Emily Spivak, Vogue, "How Extra-Long Hair Became This Season’s Most Subversive Style," 16 May 2019 Then, roll up onto your tailbone again but instead of passing the ball from your hands to your ankles, keep the ball in between your hands. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 Sit on your tailbone with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 Tuck your tailbone and engage your core, butt, and quads. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Strength Exercises All Beginners Should Learn How to Do," 2 May 2019 The Long or Short of It Call it the Kim Kardashian effect: This season, hairstylists gravitated toward extensions, from the XXL lengths at R13 and Sies Marjan to the tailbone-grazing braids at Tory Burch. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 5 Most Show-Stealing Beauty Trends at New York Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 Keep your chest lifted, your shoulders back, your core contracted, your tailbone dropped, and your head and neck in one line. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Candace Cameron Bure Strengthens Her Quads and Inner Thighs With This 1 Super Tough Move," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tailbone

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tailbone

: the small bone at the end of the spine


tail·​bone | \ -ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio) \

Medical Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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