ear is here being described as a the entire hearing organ, which it of course is, but am I totally wrong in thinking that it is used specifically for the outer ear (pinna, auricle)? --sanna 08:36, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
- No, it means auricle specifically. —Stephen 15:35, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
- So should there be another definition listing this specific usage? Or am I misunderstanding Stephen?--sanna 18:49, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
- Yes, there definitely should be more definitions. There are: (1) the composite organ; (2) the external ear; (3) the sense of hearing (pleasing to the ear); (4) attention (to gain someone’s ear); (5) architectural senses; (6) sensitive perception to quality of sound (a good ear for music); (7) mechanical senses; and probably a number of others.. —Stephen 21:17, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
The hole of a needle
You may be interested in the above comparison. Roughly, Germanic but for German means the hole of a needle by the eye, while Slavonic by the ear. For example, then, German Ohrwurm lit. earworm might better mean such a worm with something like the ear (eye) of a needle than one that is superstitiously feared to burrow into the ear. See also Wiktionary:Etymology scriptorium #earworm.