talus


talus
talus1
/tay"leuhs/, n., pl. tali /-luy/. Anat.
the uppermost bone of the proximal row of bones of the tarsus; anklebone.
[1685-95; < L talus ankle, anklebone, die. See TASSEL1]
talus2
/tay"leuhs, tal"euhs/, n., pl. taluses.
1. a slope.
2. Geol. a sloping mass of rocky fragments at the base of a cliff.
3. Fort. the slope of the face of a work.
[1635-45; < F: pseudo-learned alter. of OF talu slope < L talutium gold-bearing slope or talus (VL: slope), perh. of Iberian origin]

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Universalium. 2010.

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