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pollex

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pollex the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pollex (Anat) The first, or preaxial, digit of the fore limb, corresponding to the hallux in the hind limb; the thumb. In birds, the pollex is the joint which bears the bastard wing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pollex In anatomy, the innermost digit of the hand or foot, when there are five; the thumb or the great toe, especially the thumb, the great toe being usually distinguished as pollex pedis, or hallux.
    • n pollex In zoology: The innermost digit of the fore limb only, when there are five; the digit that corresponds to the human thumb.
    • n pollex The thumb of a bird; the short digit bearing the alula or bastard wing, regarded as homologous with either the human thumb or the forefinger.
    • n pollex The movable joint of the forceps of the lobster, crawfish, or crab; a dactylopodite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pollex pol′eks the thumb or the great-toe
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
the thumb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., the thumb.

Usage

In literature:

In the forefoot all the digits except the pollex, or first, were well developed.
"A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
The pollex and the third finger are as a rule reduced to one phalanx each, while the index still has two.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
There are no nuptial tuberosities on the pollex of breeding males.
"A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico" by William E. Duellman
The pollex, though small, seems to have been opposable.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images.
An exhibitor wears a hearing aid device ( Joern Pollex, Getty Images ).
Orin Zebest, Flickr / Joern Pollex, Getty Images.
Photo by Joern Pollex, Getty Images.
Julian Finney, Jonathan Daniel, Joern Pollex.
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