tragus

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noun tra·gus \ˈtrā-gəs\

Definition of tragus

plural

tragi

play \-ˌgī, -ˌjī\
  1. :  the prominence in front of the external opening of the outer ear

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The tragus is the tongue-like projection of the outer ear. Its name comes from the Greek word tragos, meaning "he-goat." According to hearsay, the Greek word was influenced by Peloponnesian tragedy. In this style of drama, satyrs were represented as goatlike creatures, and their prominent ears became associated with a feature of our own human ears. Tragos contributed to the English language in another way as well; it is also the word from which tragedy is derived.

Origin and Etymology of tragus

New Latin, from Greek tragos, a part of the ear, literally, goat


First Known Use: 1615


Medical Dictionary

tragus

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noun tra·gus \ˈtrā-gəs\

Medical Definition of tragus

plural

tragi

\-ˌgī, -ˌjī\play play
  1. :  a small projection in front of the external opening of the ear

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