tailbone

noun

tail·​bone ˈtāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio)
1
: a caudal vertebra
2
: coccyx

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Starting guard James Akinjo, a transfer from Arizona, just returned from a tailbone injury. Dallas News, 4 Feb. 2022 Austin Reaves started in place of Lonnie Walker IV (tailbone) and scored five points on 1 for 13 shooting. George Henry, ajc, 31 Dec. 2022 The officer who was dragged suffered a fractured tailbone. Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2022 Shelley Swain Berry never thought much about being an attorney until she was involved in a near-fatal car accident at 23-years-old that broke both her hips, her pelvis, and her tailbone. Melanie Fine, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2022 To celebrate her win in the face-off, Chechik jumps up and down and does an air split before landing on what appears to be her tailbone in the pit filled with what appear to be foam blocks. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2022 At the end of that exhale, without inhaling, tuck your tailbone to flatten your low back and lift your hips 3 or 4 inches off the floor. Dana Santas, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Twitch streamer and adult entertainer, Adriana Chechik, leaped into the pit doing the splits and lands on her tailbone. Erik Kain, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 By birth, the tail has disappeared and the vertebrae fused to form the coccyx or tailbone. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tailbone was circa 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Tailbone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailbone. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

tailbone

noun
tail·​bone ˈtā(ə)l-ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio)
: coccyx

Medical Definition

tailbone

noun
tail·​bone -ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio)
1
: a caudal vertebra
2
: coccyx

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