tragus

noun
tra·​gus | \ˈtrā-gəs \
plural tragi\ˈtrā-​ˌgī, -​ˌjī \

Definition of tragus 

: 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.

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The tragus is one of those piercings that has never really died down. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "9 Types of Ear Piercings to Inspire Your Next Look," 15 Dec. 2017 Starting at your tragus (the little nub at the center of your ear), move the color just below your cheekbone until your brush is parallel to the eye. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Naked Palette," 18 Mar. 2016 Grab a fan brush and using its flat side, apply color from your tragus (the little nub at the center of your ear) to the corner of your mouth, and blend very well. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Naked Palette," 18 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of tragus

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tragus

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

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tragus

noun
tra·​gus | \ˈtrā-gəs \
plural tragi\-​ˌgī, -​ˌjī \

Medical Definition of tragus 

: a small projection in front of the external opening of the ear

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