coccyx

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the coccyx

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From Ancient Greek κόκκυξ (kókkuks, cuckoo), referring to the curved shape of a cuckoo's beak when viewed from the side.

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coccyx (plural coccyges)

  1. (medicine, formal) The final (bottommost) fused vertebrae at the base of the spine, the tailbone.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek κόκκυξ (kókkuks).

Noun[edit]

coccyx m (plural coccyx)

  1. (anatomy) coccyx, tailbone

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

coccyx m (plural coccyx)

  1. obsolete spelling of cóccix (used in Portugal until September 1911 and died out in Brazil during the 1920s).