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talus

Noun

1 a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff [syn: scree]
2 the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint [syn: anklebone, astragal, astragalus] [also: tali (pl)]

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Etymology 1

Noun

  1. (anatomy) The bone of the ankle.
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Etymology 2

From talus.

Noun

  1. A sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice.
    • 1994, Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing,
      By the time he reached the first talus slides under the tall escarpments of the Pilares the dawn was not far to come.

French

Etymology

Unknown origin.

Pronunciation

  • /taly/

Noun

talus m

Extensive Definition

Talus (which is Latin for ankle-bone) may refer to:

Architecture

  • Talus, in architecture, the slope of an embankment wall, which is thicker at the bottom than at the top, to resist the pressure of the earth behind it.

Outdoors

  • Talus Outdoor Tech, is an outdoor product design and manufacturing company located in Missoula, Montana. Their signature product is the ColdAvenger mask.

Science

Mythology

  • Talos, a rock-throwing giant made of bronze in Greek mythology.

Science fiction

Music

talus in German: Talus
talus in Spanish: Talud
talus in French: Talus
talus in Swedish: Talus
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